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January 25, 2018 - Phil 3:2b-3

                        Daily Devotional <> Thursday <> January 25, 2018

                          Against False Teachers – 2 <> Philippians 3:2b-3

                                Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Secondly, they were evil workers. Professing to be true believers, they gained admission into Christian fellowships in order to spread their false teachings. The results of their work could only be evil.

 

   Then Paul also calls them mutilators. This is a sarcastic term to describe their attitude towards circumcision. No doubt they insisted that a person be circumcised in order to be saved. But all they meant was that the physical, literal act of circumcision. They were not at all concerned with it's spiritual meaning. Circumcision speaks of death to the flesh. It means that claims of the fleshly nature should not be allowed. While they insist on the literal act of circumcision, there was no heart acknowledgment that the flesh had been put to death on the cross. Paul was only saying here, that they were mutilators of the flesh, who did not distinguish between the ceremony & its underlying meaning.

 

   In contrast with these, Paul states that we (the true believers) are the circumcision <> not those who happened to be born of Jewish parents or who have been literally circumcised, but those who realize that the flesh profits nothing, that man can do nothing in his own strength to win God's approval. Then Paul gives 3-characteristics of those who are the true circumcised:

 

   First: They worship God in the Spirit. That is, theirs is true worship, a person  enters the presence of God by faith, & pours out his love, praise, adoration. Humanistic worship, on the other hand, is occupied with beautiful buildings & furniture, with elaborate ceremonies, with priestly garments, & with whatever appeals to the emotions.

  

Second: Members of the true circumcision rejoice (or glory) in Christ. He alone is the grounds of their boasting. They do not pride themselves in personal attainments, in cultural background, or in faithfulness to sacraments

   

Third: They have no confidence in the flesh. They do not believe that they can be saved through fleshly efforts in the first place or be kept by their own strength thereafter. They do not expect any good from their human nature & are therefore not disappointed when they find none!