Posted by: SandreS | July 8, 2009

Paul Severed from: Righteousness

Blameless (Philippians 3:7)

Self-righteousness was at the heart of Paul’s past pride. He had rested in his good moral character. He took pride in his list of “do-and-don’t” performance. Paul could match his “self-righteous” lifestyle with anyone.

Paul started the catalog of his past pride with these words,

Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more (Philippians 3:4).

What was Paul’s conclusion to his great superiority in the national religious system of Israel? Paul counted it “refuse.” What caused the change in Paul’s value system, a change that would cause him to view his own “righteousness” as “loss”? It was the living person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the entrance of a different kind of “righteousness” – “the righteousness of God”! The Lord Jesus Christ had become his righteousness (I Corinthians 1:30). Through Him he had been declared righteous (Romans 3:24).

Paul, Apostle to the nations, knew all to well the vanity and struggle of religion and service to it. Paul had staked his outcome on his own good moral character and good religious deeds.

Paul was severed from his self-righteousness – the “righteousness” that came by the law of Moses. The Jew’s religion, in this regard, was no different from any other religion: it had no Person who can impart life. The Lord Jesus Christ did not come to establish a religion but to bring life. Religion is man’s striving after God. Jesus brought God to man. Paul rested in that. We only need to rest in that too.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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