“For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh.”
Philippians 3:3 HCSB
On Tuesday, we started a series to help us understand the meaning of our benediction at Celebration Church, how it is not just something we say to feel good but our reality in Christ. Today, we are looking at the third part of the benediction, which says “we put no confidence in the flesh.”
Everything God ever did for us in Christ was His ultimate idea, not ours. So, we can never take credit for them. God’s plan for us has been in place before He made the world, and nothing was able to stop His plans from coming to fruition. Apostle Paul gave a eulogy to Him thus:
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”
Ephesians 1:3-4 NLT
Our salvation is not by our works but by His grace. We are certain that because of what God did in Christ we have eternal life, not because of our works.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT
We can’t take credit for our salvation, it is by God’s grace that we are saved. Some people think that only weaklings rely on grace. This is not right at all.
We are all recipients of the grace of God, whether weak or ‘strong’. It is by grace that we are saved through faith and it is by this same grace that we are kept. This is why we put our confidence in God and not in our flesh/works.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 1:6 KJV
In Philippians 3:4-9, Paul gave a little autobiography of himself to show that if anyone is qualified enough to put confidence in their flesh, he has more qualifications. But after all, he said that he has considered everything to be filth. Our qualifications are not enough for us to boast in them, what matters at the end of the day is Christ and His finished works for us on the cross.
Dear friends, you have been circumcised not by hands but by the Spirit of God. God did this perfectly without leaving a scar on you. What He has done, nothing can undo. Your confidence must be in Him and not in your own efforts.
Say this: I serve God by His Spirit. I boast in Christ Jesus. I put no confidence in my flesh!
Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 27:27-44, Romans 13, Psalms 68, Deuteronomy 22-26.