Philippians 3:9

Proverbs 3:5   Lean not on your own understanding but in all things acknowledge Him…

–        If a Person Thinks that They are born with a Clean Slate — Neutral before God and that They must Earn the Merit of God and that They must Stand upon their own Merit, Then…

They will be Enslaved to Self

–        When Enslaved to Self, We are the Centerpiece of our Life and all we do will be directly or indirectly for us…   We will suffer as a result…  and so too will all those around us that we care about

We will view God as a Judge only and as a means to an end — God will be for us only a Gate Keeper…

and we will be consumed with asking  “ Will He let me into Heaven?”

But none of this is necessary, because…

We do not have a clean slate…

Psalm 51:5   Behold,?I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

We cannot gain God’s approval in our own power…

John 15:5     I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for?apart?from me you can do?nothing.

1 Cor 2:14    The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are?spiritually?discerned

We stand not on our merit but upon the Merit of another…

Phil 3: 9        and be found in Him, not having fa righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but  that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith

–        We Exist “in Christ”…all that Christ Earned on Earth is Ours — we are “found in Him”  — the Righteousness He Earned through a Perfect Life is a Righteousness that we now possess

1 Pet 1:3       Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused?us to be?Born?Again?to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

–        As a Recipient of Such GRACE…

–        We are No Longer Enslaved to Self

–        Life is not about Hopefully Earning Enough Before God — for Christ has already earned all for us!

–        Life is No Longer About seeing God as Judge alone — He is now the giver of all Grace!

–        We are now Free to Live for God and Others

–        We are Free to be Motivated out of Love for God Alone

–        Life is about Celebrating God and Praising God and Sharing God with Others

Philippians 3:1a       Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord…

–        We have not Earned Anything in View of the Law — Except Condemnation… we have no   Right Standing before God based upon our own Merit…  we have no Merit of our own…

–        Praise God, we possess a Perfect Righteousness — the Righteousness Christ earned and gave to us by Grace

–        The Perfect Standing Before the Father that the Son Earned has been “Imputed” to us —  given to us when we received a New Heart when we were Born Again… by God’s Grace through Christ & God’s Grace through Christ Alone…

Phil 3: 9        and be found in Him, not having fa righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but  that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith

1 Peter 1:3    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused?us to be?Born?Again?to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

Hebrews 12:2  … looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith…

…. as Faith is implanted in our New Heart, we receive the Righteousness of Christ & we know we have His righteousness when we proclaim that faith

The Take Home Message:

–              The Grace of God in Christ frees us from Enslavement to Self

–              Because His Righteousness is now our Righteousness and our sin was paid for by Christ –

We are free from self

–              No longer do we need to earn anything for self — since all has been earned for us…

–              No longer do we need to be motivated to do things for self…

–              now life is lived free from such bondage and we can simply love the Lord by loving others…

Praise God!

 

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