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Justified through Christ

For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh– though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a 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– that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Paul had every reason to boast in the flesh, to boast in the good works which he had performed in the religion which he had pursued for so long before his conversion to Christianity. Paul had every “good work” mastered, he pursued his religion with the utmost zeal, he had a very noble bloodline from which he had descended, he was circumcised on the eighth day and came from the tribe of Benjamin which was one of the two tribes who did not revolt against God centuries earlier. Everything about Paul’s life was perfect, or so he had thought. So often in our Christian lives we tend to act like Paul did prior to his conversion. We have a confidence in the flesh, thinking that our duties and relationship with God is dependent upon our own performance. Should we have a bad day where we sin and fail to live as we should, we view our relationship with God as broken and view ourselves as a failure and worthless to God. Instead we should remember what Paul reminds us here in this passage; our standing and position with God is not determined by our own works of the flesh, which even our best attempts are unclean and unfit for God, but our standing with God is determined by the finished work of Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. It is in this we stand as followers of Christ, reminded that our position and relationship with God is never determined by our works by the work of Jesus Christ. As you go throughout your day and week, meditate on what Christ has done for you and be thankful for this wonderful truth we have to live by.

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Encouragement, Justification

 

“And such were some of you…”

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)

One of the most convicting yet encouraging passages in the Bible. Paul asserts the lifestyle which Christians should avoid and further says those who live the lifestyle seen in verses 9-10 will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Those who claim to be true Christians will be evidenced by abiding in Christ (John 15) and a transformed lifestyle which is separated from the world and unto God. Jesus made it abundantly clear in Matthew 5 that His true disciples would be characterized by a pure heart, a thirst and hunger for righteousness, bankrupt in spirit, etc. The Corinthians had been living a lifestyle which was contrary to all of these things; they were corrupt and did not know God. However here is one of the most encouraging passages in the Bible; they have been transformed by God’s grace into something completely different. “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” How encouraging are these words! Just as the Corinthians had been living in rebellion but were then saved by God’s grace and made to be righteous through Jesus Christ, so we as fellow Christians share in this same manner. We can rejoice in this: we were doomed to live apart from Christ and suffer the wrath of God forever, but we have been saved and transformed by God’s grace and made righteous through Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for God’s transforming grace and redeeming love which has saved me and transformed my life just as it did for the Christians at Corinth. What an Indescribable God we serve!!!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Encouragement

 

Five Resources

Here are some resources I thought I would share first of all.  These sites are great for Bible study and sermon preparation as well.

1.  Studylight is a great study site I use with lexicons, parallel Bibles,  interlinear Bibles, lexicons, and a few commentaries.  It is a tremendous free resource if you plan on looking into the original languages or for studying a passage out in great detail.  It also has a daily devotionals section with some challenging thoughts and insightful passages to study out.
http://www.studylight.org/

2.  Biblos is another great site with similar features but also includes maps in addition to being formatted to use on your phone.  This site generally has an easier to read and use layout and is very useful for Bible study both large and small.
http://biblos.com/

3.  A personal favorite is Sermonaudio, a site which contains sermons from many excellent preachers with a few well known preachers including John MacArthur, John Piper, Paul Washer, Leonard Ravenhill, A.W. Tozer, and many others.  Excellent resource for sitting down and listening to men of God preach the Word.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/main.asp

4.  Got a question you want to ask or are wondering the answer to?  Gotquestions is the site for you!  It is loaded with thousands of questions asked and answered and is very useful for frequently asked questions about the Bible and the Christian faith in general.  Overall the site is very solid doctrinally but as always read with caution and discerningly as well.
http://www.gotquestions.org/

5.  Wondering what commentary to use?  Well this next site has a link to each of the top recommended commentaries for every book of the Bible and is one of the most thorough and complete I have seen.  For some reason the automatic linking isn’t working but you can highlight, copy and paste the address. Thanks for this link Bro. Justin!

http://bestcommentaries.com/

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Bible Study Resources

 
 
In Christ Jesus

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus