Turning to the problem of legalistic influences, Paul refutes the attempt to attain righteousness through keeping the law by using his own life as an example of the futility of works-based righteousness (3:1-9). Having found true righteousness through faith in Christ, he presses on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (3:10-16). He warns about those who set their mind on earthly things and contrasts this with his passion for heavenly things (3:17-21).
Because of its informality, Philippians does not follow an outline, but quickly moves through a variety of topics. The words “joy” and “rejoice” appear 16 times, and these words capture the spirit of this epistle; Paul learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (4:12), and his single-minded pursuit of the personal knowledge of Christ (3:10) and understanding that to live is Christ and to die is gain (1:21) are at the core of his being.
READING of PHILIPPIANS 3
Lord, I lay hold of the righteousness which comes through faith in Christ Jesus. May I know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.
Meditation passage for today: verses 3, 8-14, 20-21
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