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“7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”

Philippians 3:7-9

Introduction

When Paul wrote Philippians, he was sitting in a prison cell. Even in this circumstance, he encouraged the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord. Before verse 9, Paul wrote specifically warning the people of a group of people, called Judaizers, to watch out for them and how they manipulated the Gospel. This people group, as well as the Jews, were often found boasting in the flesh and their accomplishments. However, Paul instructed the Philippians to boast in Christ alone.

Prayer

God, thank You for this passage from Philippians 3. Thank You for the reminder that You are the perfect one, to whom I boast. Speak to me now through Your Word. Help me to hear clearly from You. My heart and mind are open to You.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • What reasons did Paul have to boast in his flesh? (see verses 4b-5)
  • Why did Paul count his own personal gains as loss?
  • To what end did Paul call his accomplishments given knowing Christ?
  • What power lies in righteousness from God through faith rather than in righteousness attained through abiding by the law?

Applications from today’s reading:

  • The breastplate served the purpose of protecting the heart/chest/vital organs of a soldier.
    • For us, righteousness is the protection over our hearts and lives from the devil.
  • Paul gives us the foundation for us to have righteousness.
    • Righteousness is not found in anything we do.
    • Righteousness can only be found in the finished work of Jesus.
  • Having the breastplate of righteousness is attained through sanctification, that is becoming more like Christ.
  • We become sanctified by walking with Jesus. Two specific ways you can walk with Jesus every day:
    • Prayer
    • Scripture
  • Take 5 minutes today to pray and ask God where you need to become more righteous (sanctified) to be protected from the enemy and his lies.

Prayer

Lord, I confess that there have been times in my life where I try to be right with You through my actions and I repent. God, it is only in You and the finished work of Jesus that I am made right with God. I pray that how I live today will be a lifestyle of righteousness, rooted in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Help me today to live in the shadow of the cross. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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