Monday, January 16, 2017

Philippians 3:3 (KJV) The True Circumcision

Philippians 3:3 (KJV)
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
The Word of God makes this very clear distinction between those who are the circumcision (the separated and belonging to God) and those who are not.
  • The one places confidence in the flesh, the human ability to perform 
  • The other does not.
There are at least three areas where the wisest of souls understand they must not put confidence in the flesh:
In the area of salvationThis is the primary subject of the text. The Jews believed they were the people of God because of their own deeds. Circumcision itself was an act of the flesh. How ironic that they trusted the flesh through the act of cutting away that flesh.
Salvation is never earned by some fleshly act, even a well-intentioned and sacrificial one. It is only accomplished by faith in the work of Christ and the promise of God.
In the area of accountabilityThe Christian, who is discerning, learns early that he is incapable to make right choices and sound spiritual decisions on his own.
  • He needs the Holy Spirit. 
  • He needs the Word of God. 
  • He needs his church to provoke and push him in the right way.
In the area of their childrenAs they grow, we want to trust our children. Love for them often blinds us to the weaknesses of their flesh and a degree, I think, of laziness lulls us too often to put misplace confidence in them.
Godly parents work hard at:
  • Watching their children, 
  • Supervising their activities and 
  • Guiding their relationships 
when done early, consistently and lovingly children appreciate this guidance.
Those cut away from this world and dedicated to the Lord put no confidence in the flesh but lean on the Spirit and those gifts God has given to lead us in the godly walk.

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Philippians 3:3 (KJV) The True Circumcision

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