Which Path?

Re:Verse passage – Philippians 3:1-11 (day four)

Paul tells us that there are only two types of people…the false circumcision and the true circumcision.  The false circumcision depends on the law to achieve righteousness.  The true circumcision depends on faith in Christ.  Paul is telling the church at Philippi that regardless of which standard you choose, he (Paul) would be at the top of the list.  Even though he would be the best on the false circumcision list, he could not receive forgiveness and eternal life through this path.  Forgiveness, salvation, reconciliation, and resurrection are only available through faith in Christ.  Righteousness cannot be earned, it is a gift from God through His Spirit.

Paul’s goal in life was resurrection and eternity with God in heaven.  What is your goal?  If you have the same goal as Paul, then the only path is faith!  For the false circumcision, their plan was to work to earn their salvation.  For the true circumcision, righteousness came as a gift and they worked to please God as a gift back to Him.

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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