FORGET THE PAST – GOOD OR BAD!

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

Philippians 3:3-14: In this particular scripture, Paul is talking about real Jews and real circumcision –

Not circumcision in the flesh, but that in the heart.  Those who are children of the promise made to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 15:1-6), aren’t necessarily Jews by birth, but are also from all the gentile nations as well.  All to whom it has been given to come in repentance to God the Father, and by faith to Jesus Christ; i.e., those who have been “chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before him.”   Those whom “in love he has predestined to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:4,5).  We who believe in our hearts that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, both Jews and Gentiles, are the children of the promise given to Abraham.

In the scripture at the top of this page, from Philippians 3, Paul says, in effect: “Don’t brag about this!  If you do think you have reason to brag, I have more reason!  If confidence in the flesh were a valid thing, why, I’ve got more reason to have such confidence than all of the rest of you put together!  I was a Pharisee; I persecuted the Church; I kept the law better than anybody!  But, when Christ found me, and I believed in and received him, I counted all my past as nothing!  In fact, I consider all of those things as worthless to me, now that I know Christ. Indeed, all of those things are lost to me, and I count them as nothing but dung.  Nothing matters to me now, but Jesus Christ.  I am in him, and my righteousness is not of the law, as I once erroneously believed it was; but my righteousness is of God by faith in Jesus Christ.  O, that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death” (From Philippians 3:6 and following).

Sisters and brothers in Christ, that is exactly the way we should consider Jesus Christ at this time.  In Him, we have everything.  Putting the past behind, and looking ahead with renewed faith in Almighty God, and a belief that He can do anything, is what the church needs today.  As my pastor, Dale Ritts says: ” We don’t believe in the work of the Holy Spirit as we should.”  Now Dale’s not speaking of an inordinate foolish belief like you see displayed on television; but a Biblical belief that God can and will do what is needed to revive the churches today.  That He will glorify Himself in the salvation and sanctification of precious souls.  O, that we may truly know Christ; and the power of His resurrection!.

Yours, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; a sinner saved by grace,

Bill

FORGET THE PAST – GOOD OR BAD!

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