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January 27th, 2018 - Phil 3:8-9

                        Daily Devotional <> January 27, 2018 <> Saturday

                        Paul's commitment to Christ-2 <> Philippians 3:8-9

                               Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   In coming to Christ for Salvation Paul had renounced all things & counted them as loss when it comes to comparing them to the knowledge of Christ.

   Ancestry, nationality, culture, prestige, education, religion, personal achievements <> all these Paul abandoned as grounds for boasting. He counted them as rubbish in order that he might gain Christ.

   Although the present tense is used here, Paul is looking back primarily to the time of his conversion. In order to gain Christ, Paul had to turn his back on everything he had been taught to value. If he had Christ as his gain, he had to say goodby to his mother's religion, his father's inheritance & his own potential ambitions.

   And so he did! He completely separated himself from Judaism as a means of Salvation. In doing this, he was disinherited by family & disowned by friends, & persecuted by his fellow countrymen. He literally suffered a loss of all things to become a follower of Christ.

   V-8} written in the present tense seems that Paul was still seeking to gain Christ. But, he had won Christ when he first acknowledged Him as Lord & Savior. To Paul everything else is rubbish compared to knowing Christ. Paul's great desire is that in his heart “Christ may be his everything” above all other earthly materials.

 

   As found in Him: Paul had accepted Christ as having full control over his life & nothing else mattered to him. Paul was seen in Christ enjoying all the favor which the Lord Jesus enjoys before God the Father.

   He had renounced the filthy rags of his own self righteousness which he had sought to win by keeping the law, & had chosen the righteousness of God which He bestows on every one who accepts Christ as their personal Lord & Savior. Righteousness here is spoken of as a garment of covering. In Grace, God gives His own righteousness to those who receive His Son as Lord & Savior. He (God) made Him (Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:11).

 

   Paul was regenerated on the road to Damascus. But present tense suggest that the results of that important event continued up to the present & that Paul still considers Christ to be worth far more than anything he had given up.