The Seven Results
In Philippians, Paul described seven things that the believer gets if he or she is not religious. All seven are connected to Christ. The seventh one Paul referred to was the out-resurrection from the dead. The out-resurrection is the resurrection of the believer out from among the nonbelieving dead. The nonbelieving dead are resurrected later. Paul said he abandoned works based religion . . .
“in order that I may gain Christ,
9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil 3:8-11)
Paul said the purpose of not being religious was to attain seven results. The last result was participation in the resurrection and rapture of the believers. Every one of those results is dependent upon not being religious. If we refuse to be religious and believe the Gospel, we may have the seven results. Each result completely depends on the refusal to be religious. Why do we participate in the resurrection of the believers? Because we did not rely on our own efforts but we trusted at least once in Christ and not our selves.
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