July 13, 2019

Episode 20 – Righteousness Through Christ

Posted in: Show Notes

Paul had all the check marks, all the qualifications of the perfect Jew, but because Paul knew Jesus, he knew that all the great things he used to pride himself in meant nothing compared to knowing Christ!  As we continue our conversation over Philippians, we hope you ask yourself what are the things in you life that you are giving more value to than Jesus?  

  • Pilippians 3:1-11
  • Verse 3 says, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.”
    • Paul is beginning the process of making his final points to the Philippians.
    • Cross reference: 2 Peter 1:12 says, “Therefore, I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.” 
    • It is always good to be reminded of basic truths about God and His word. 
  • Verse 2 says, “Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.”
    • Paul is referencing the Judiazers, people who believed it necessary to adopt Jewish customs and practices, especially those found in the Law of Moses, to be saved.
    • “Dog” was an ethnic slur used by Jews towards Gentiles.  
  • Verse 3, “For we are the circumcision…”
    • Jewish practice that was part of the ceremonial law. 
    • A sign that you were set apart and different from the rest of the world.
    • Analogy used in response to “those who mutilate the flesh.”
    • “We” is referring to Christians, whether Jewish or Gentile background.
  • “…put no confidence in the flesh.”
    • There is nothing physical that sets us apart as believers, but only the Holy Spirit.
  • Verse 4 says, “though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also.”
    • Paul had all the right credentials when it came to being a good Jew.
    • For more on the background of Paul, check out Episode 011 where we discuss the life of Paul!
  • Verse 7 says, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.”
    • We can never be righteous on our own.  It can only come through faith in Jesus. 
  • What areas of my life do I consider to be a “gain” that aren’t trust alone in Jesus? 
    • Romans 8:1-4
  • Mathew 16:25 says, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
  • Glatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” 
  • Verse 9, “…and be found in him…”
    • When we lose our life, we can truly find it in Jesus. 
  • Verse 10, “…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”
    • Our hope is not in this life, but in our eternal life that is promised.
  • Where is your hope?  Is it in Jesus or the things we are doing to be approved by others?

Thanks for joining us today, ladies!  We hope you are encouraged by Paul’s instruction to the Philippians, and that you think about how this applies to your life today.  Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram at @ohheytruth and to let us know what you thought of today’s episode!

-The OHT team 

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