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Friday, May 31, 2019

Philippians 3:4 - (L 27)




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Announcement


It’s difficult saying goodbye to something you love, whether that is a person, place, or thing.  I’m certain all those who have more than a few years behind them would agree.
For more than twelve years I’ve poured my heart and soul into Home Bible Study©, but due to personal reasons it’s time to let it go.  After May 31, 2019, no new Bible lessons will be published.  Whether this is permanent or merely a hiatus of undetermined length, I don’t know.  I’ve pre-paid the website, so it should remain accessible for a year give or take a month.  There are more than 500 Bible lessons at your disposal, so please continue visiting the site.  When my subscription ends, however, I believe the website will end.    

I apologize for the abruptness of this announcement but to help fill the void I have listed a few recommendations for y’all.  All these gentlemen teach the Bible, rightly divided, as per God’s command (2 Timothy 2:15).  You’re in good hands with whomever you choose:



Les Feldick - LesFeldick.org (teaches the Bible verse-by-verse so you can pick up right where we left off at  his user-friendly website).

Pastor Kevin Hobbs - ButNowFellowship.com or via YouTube
Pastor Richard Jordan - Graceimpact.org or ShorewoodBibleChurch.org
Pastor Russ Hargettt - SuncoastBible.com

GJ Heitzman



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Philippians 3:4 – (L 27)



In Philippians 3:1- 4:1, our Apostle Paul warns the Philippian Believers to be wary of dogs, evil workers, and the concision or their adversaries.  Why?  Judaizers were attacking both Paul’s apostolic authority and the gospel of grace (3:1-2).



Last week, in verse 3:3, Paul identified the true circumcison:



“For we (all those who have been baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit) are the circumcison, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”



One of the things we learned is the Israelites took God’s command to be circumcised to the extreme.  By that I mean to say their religious system, and the rite of circumcision became a false idol.  The Jews placed their trust in their religious system and their heritage.  They named Abraham as their father and were proud of it:    

We find the Lord Jesus Christ addressing their misguided mindset in John 8:44-45:

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.  I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father.  Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have done Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  Why do ye not understand my speech?  even because ye cannot hear my word.  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3, 9-25; Galatians 3:6-14).

Our Apostle Paul faced the same opposition, i.e. the Pharisees (Acts 15; Romans 6:14).  In Romans 2:25 Paul told his countrymen For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision” (1 Corinthians 7:19).

If you opt to place yourself under the law in order to please God, you must keep the whole law perfectly and history shows no human can achieve success with that plan.  This book holds up the nation of Israel as an example of this truth.  The Jews had superior privileges which should have produced a corresponding lifestyle.  They should have lived differently than the world, but that didn’t happen.  They partnered with the world, causing the name of Jehovah to be blasphemed among the Gentiles (Romans 2:23-24).  In addition, their circumcision is made uncircumcision, proving adhering to religious rituals without the reality of personal devotion to God, and obedience to His expressed will amounts to “nothing.”

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Please open your Bible at Philippians 3:4-6.

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: Circumcised the eight day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in law; blameless.

Paul previously said the true circumcision has “no confidence in the flesh,” so what’s he saying now?  In expectation of an argument from his opposition, he listed some of his religious credentials as a challenge to all those who are trusting in religion to make themselves right with God.  To make his point he reflects on his former life, when he too was “outside of Christ Jesus.”  To refute the opposing argument of the Judaizers that there is saving value in their religious distinctions, Paul will show (from his own experience) what he had considered gain, he now considers “dung” (3:7-8). 

Simply said, Paul’s challenge is this – lay your religious credentials alongside mine and then we’ll see who has the better resume!    

If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: (3:4a) – let’s look at Paul’s statement in Galatians 1:11-14:

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.  For ye have heard of my conversation (conduct) in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Saul/Paul sincerely believed he was serving the LORD in “persecuting the church of God.” (Acts 8:35-38).  Paul’s referring to the kingdom church prophesied in the O.T. and not the Body of Christ (Acts 9; Ephesians 5:32).  It’s plain to see the O.T. Prophetic Program is still in effect after the Lord’s ascension into heaven.  The Temple of the LORD is open for business and we find Peter and others going up to the Temple to pray at the assigned hour.  All the Jewish Feast Days are still being observed.  Nothing has changed, including the condition of their hearts. 

FYI:  People generally agree there are seven dispensations marked off in Scripture (Ephesians 3:2).  Each new dispensation denotes a change in God’s method of dealing with mankind, or portions of mankind, in respect to #1: sin; and #2: man’s obligation in a given dispensation.  Therefore, each dispensation may be regarded as a “new test” of the natural man (1 Corinthians 15:4-6), and each one ends with man’s failure to obey God’s commands bringing about His judgment.  We are presently living in the Dispensation of Grace, a parenthetical period of time, kept hidden in the mind of God since before the foundations of the earth.  This administration was not made known to man until the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, the very first member of the Body of Christ (Romans 16:25-27; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:26),  

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting (1 Timothy 1:12-16).

Since the Church Age didn’t begin until the apostle Paul was called by the risen Lord in Acts 9, it stands to reason the church did not begin with the Apostle Peter in Matthew 16:18 or in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost.    

So, Saul/Paul profited in the Jews religious system above many others.  He was “sold out,” as they say, for the “traditions of (his) fathers.”  I can relate and perhaps some of you might as well.  I grew up in a works-based religious system that has been around for centuries.  From generation to generation we too passed on our traditions and basked in them.  We had our own feast days and our own set of religious rules and practices that set us apart.   I remember people commenting on how beautiful it was.  However, this doing and not doing, or keeping these religious rules and practices, didn’t change how God viewed us one little bit.  All these religious exercises amounted to “nothing” in the eyes of God (Romans 8:7).  

The Bible clearly states Salvation is of God and to the glory of God (alone) we contribute not one thing (Ephesians 2:8-10):

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles (2 Timothy 1:8-11).

Your salvation is determined by what you do or don’t do with Paul’s gospel below:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 2:16).

Now you don’t have to be a seminary graduate to understand this Bible passage and that’s how God intended it.  We have the written Word of God because He desires everyone “to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).  The truth is, on your best day you can’t keep God’s commandments, so trusting in self will not get the job done.  This is what Paul said in verse 3:4, having just said in verse 3:3 true Believers have “no confidence in the flesh,” that is, things they do or don’t do, including one’s religious achievements.  Paul shows us if that were possible, he’s ahead of the pack, “being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.”

In verses 3:5-6 Paul provided a list of his religious credentials which began in infancy:

“Circumcised the eight day” (5a)if you’ve been with us for past two weeks, then you know what this means to the nation of Israel.  For those of you who are new I’ll take the time to explain.  The Lord God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and gave him a list of things he needed to do for Him in Genesis 17, after explaining all He would do for Abraham and his descendants under the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3).  One of these responsibilities was the rite of circumcison.  The Hebrew male child, 8 days old (not seven days and not nine days old) underwent a physical operation to remove their foreskin.  This religious rite was enforced later by the Mosaic Covenant (Leviticus 12:3).  Paul’s saying, he was a child of this everlasting covenant.  Let’s be clear, this religious practice could not save anyone, but it gave those who were obedient the opportunity to be saved.  I liken this to a child raised in a faith-based home.  Who’s more likely to be saved the child of believing parents or the child raised in a home without Jesus Christ?  There is a distinct advantage here that should not be overlooked. 

of the stock of Israel” (5a) – Paul was not born into any nation; he said he is numbered with the chosen nation of Israel.  In times past, Israel held prominence over all the nations.  The LORD God channeled all His earthly blessings through the Israelites which included “the covenants,” “the oracles of God,” “the promises,” the adoption,” etc. (Romans 3:2, 9:4).

of the tribe of Benjamin” (5a) – I’m assuming y’all know the nation of Israel is made up of 12 tribes.  There was a time in Israel’s history when they were not one.  According to the Bible, King David reigned over a large territory and his son Solomon over an even larger section of land.  After the death of Solomon, the nation was divided in two.  The Southern Kingdom consisted only of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.  The Northern Kingdom consisted of the ten remaining tribes and was called Israel.  Their initial capitals were at Shechem and Tirzah.  King Omri established his capital at Samaria, where it remained.  The Northern Kingdom departed from the LORD God and gave themselves over to worshipping gentile idols.  But the Southern Kingdom proved to be more spiritual re:  the things of the LORD.  Eventually, they too wandered into apostasy, even after the LORD continued to channel His blessings through the tribe of Benjamin and Judah during their captivities.  Jerusalem eventually fell to the Babylonian Empire and was destroyed circa 586 B.C. 

The tribe of Benjamin had a special place in the nation of Israel.  Benjamin was the child of Rachel, the well-loved wife of Jacob, and of all the twelve patriarchs, he alone had been born in the Promised Land (Genesis 35:17-18).  It was from the tribe of Benjamin that the first king of Israel had come (1 Samuel 9:1-2), and it was no doubt from that very king that Paul had been given his original name of Saul.  When, under Rehoboam, the kingdom had been split up, ten of the tribes went off with Jeroboam, and Benjamin was the only tribe which remained faithful with Judah (1 Kings 12:21).  When they returned from the exile, it was from the tribes of Benjamin and Judah that the nucleus of the reborn nation was formed (Ezra 4:1).  The tribe of Benjamin had the place of honor in Israel's battle-line, so that the battle-cry was: "After thee, O Benjamin!" (Judges 5:14; Hosea 5:8). The great feast of Purim, which was observed every year with such rejoicing, commemorated the deliverance of which the Book of Esther tells, and the central figure of that story was Mordecai, a Benjaminite.  When Paul stated that he was of the tribe of Benjamin, it was a claim that he was not simply an Israelite but that he belonged to an elite tribe of Israel.

An Hebrew of the Hebrews (5b) – here Paul refers to his family’s social status.  Apparently, his family was well connected socially, politically, religiously, and monetarily.  Everything that floats most people’s boat today, wouldn’t you say?  Seemingly, Paul had everything a man could desire, but there’s more.  In addition to everything else he was educated by Gamaliel an esteemed doctor of the law (Acts 22:3-In referring to himself as “an Hebrew of the Hebrews,” Paul is saying his family tree held many examples of men who held positions of authority in the Jews religious system. 

As touching the law, a Pharisee (5b) – there were three religious’ factions in Paul’s day: the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes.  The most important group was the Pharisees.  Their distinguishing characteristic was a belief in the Oral Law the LORD gave Moses at Sinai along with the Torah, or written Law.  The Pharisees also maintained an after-life existed; these things as well as others set them apart. 

Concerning zeal, persecuting the church (6a) – this is usually where people trip themselves up over what God has clearly revealed in this book.  The church Paul refers to here is not the Body of Christ of which the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head. 

You won’t find language like that in the O.T. which includes the four gospels.  You only find it in Paul’s epistles.  However, people are in the habit of taking what God said to His chosen people, the Jews, and including the Body of Christ, but that would be an error.  Here Paul speaks of the kingdom church.  We could take the time to study this subject, but it would take many lessons to do it justice.  Suffice to say, the kingdom church and the Body of Christ, a.k.a, the mystery program, are two separate plans purposed by God.  We are not to combine them; something the Scriptures make clear (read Acts 15; Galatians 2:9).  Saul of Tarsus believed Jesus was an imposter.  He did not believe the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead.  Consequently, he persecuted the kingdom church, i.e. followers of “the way,” with religious fervor, and in doing so believed he was performing God’s will (Acts 9:1-2, 22:19-20). 

Touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless (6b) – Paul is not saying he was without sin – blameless.  He is saying when he did commit sin he brought the proper sacrifice to atone for his sin,  in accordance with the ceremonial law.  Outwardly, no one can point the finger of shame at Paul.  He was a model Jew, an example, in other words.  Paul is not claiming perfection.  The demands of the law didn't touch the heart, again it wasn’t much more than religious exercise.  The Lord Jesus Christ addresses this concern in the Sermon of the Mount.  Adultery was not just the act; it was a matter of the heart.  Not only should you not murder, Jesus Christ say you shouldn't even hate.  Hatred itself violated God’s command not to murder.  So, outwardly, Paul had done it all but, inwardly, he remained an unsaved sinner.

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am!  who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:14-25).

It’s been my pleasure to serve y’all these past twelve years.  I pray you will continue to study your Bible, rightly divided, of course, to mature in the faith and to help those who are struggling to comprehend what is truth and what is not. 

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Philippians 3:3 - (L 26)


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For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men (and women) to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4).



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Welcome back to HBS everyone.



Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision” (3:2).



Hopefully, after reviewing last week’s Bible lesson you now understand why the Pharisees stressed the need for a Gentile to obey the written and Oral law and be circumcised.  These Judaizers were saying believing the Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins is insufficient.  Therefore, they promoted and taught “legalism” and perverted Paul’s gospel of grace in the process.



The same spiritual battle continues today.  The issue boils down to believing God and what He clearly said in the Dispensation of Grace (Ephesians 3:1-7).  When Paul traveled from city to city preaching “the revelation of the mystery,” i.e. the good news of “Christ Crucified” for the sins of all, Satan’s representatives came in (usually after he had left the assembly of Believers) discrediting his apostolic authority and his gospel.  He identified these religious Jews as dogs, evil workers, and the concision because they preached legalism or “a different gospel” (Acts 15:1; Galatians 1:6-7).



Circumcison was a big deal back in Paul’s day.  I’m not aware of any church that is divided over the topic of circumcision today.  I’m not saying this is not going on, I’m simply saying I’m not aware of it.  However, I know there are churches who promote the religious rite of water baptism, so the situation is similar in that respect.  They say unless you are baptized with water you can’t be saved while others teach it’s an integral part of your identification with the Lord Jesus Christ.  So, the spiritual battle continues.  Disagreement over this topic, and others, provoke heated arguments and resentment, which in turn brings about division in the church and Satan couldn’t be more pleased.



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Please open your Bible at Philippians 3:3.


For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 



Here Paul addresses the issue of true Spirituality or the essence of the true Believer.  In the beginning of verse 3, Paul said, "For we are the circumcision."  The "we" is a reference to Paul and the Philippian saints but applies to every person baptized into the  Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).  Here Paul described the church then and now, saying it is the “true circumcision.”   



In our study of Philippians 3:1-2, we learned the Jews’ view of circumcision was extreme, in fact, it had become a false idol.   An idol doesn’t have to be something made of metal, stone, or wood.  An idol is anything that replaces the Sovereignty of God.  So, religion can easily become an idol.  To show you what I mean let’s look at a Bible passage where the Lord Jesus Christ rebuked the religious scribes and Pharisees of His day: 



Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.  Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.  Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.  Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? – (Matthew 23:27-33).



Surely, y’all are aware some religions have twisted the Scriptures or thrown out the teachings of the Bible altogether, forsaking it for their own books and teachings.  One of the signs of a religious cult is their dependence on a book other than God’s Word.  These people claim they have received a new revelation from God which supersedes the Bible or what God has said.  But the simple truth is “God desires all men (and women) to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).  It’s the Believer’s responsibility to know the Bible well enough to discern truth from false teaching.  Therefore, don’t rest on what I say or any other individual.  Focus your attention on the Word of God and on the Lord Jesus Christ to strengthen your relationship with Him and mature in the faith, then your worship will not be in vain: 



This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Matthew 15:8-9).



And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:11-16).



Genesis 17 teaches us circumcision was given as a “token” or mark of the everlasting Abrahamic covenant between JHVH and the nation of Israel.  In Exodus 12:43-44, we learn it was part and parcel of the Feast of Passover (Pascha in Koine Greek):



And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.



As it developed down through the nation of Israel’s history and even into the time of our Lord, it became very clear "the circumcision" was a title, a way of identifying God’s chosen people.  There are many passages in Acts and a few in Paul's letters where the Israelites or “the Jews” are identified simply as “the circumcision:”



While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:44-45).



Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: (Romans 15:8).



It is clear in Paul’s writings we Believers are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  So, when Paul declared “we are the circumcision,” he is referring to spiritual (not natural) circumcision.  Thanks to our brief study of Genesis 17 we know the natural sign of the Abrahamic Covenant was physical circumcision, which literally means the cutting away of the male child’s foreskin 8 days after his birth.  #1 This was a faithful response to the LORD’s command, and #2 it marked the child as a member of the Abrahamic Covenant.  But here’s the thing, this religious rite found its fulfillment in Christ Jesus’ finished work of the cross.  Paul makes this known in Colossians 2:11: 



In whom also ye (insert your name here) are circumcised with the circumcision made (how) without human hands, in putting off the body of sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.”



Every person saved by God’s grace and baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit, both Jew and Gentile, has been spiritually circumcised “with the circumcision made without hands.”  In plain language, God did something man is incapable of doing for himself.  The sins of the flesh (our old man) were “cut off” when Jesus Christ was “cut off” from the living, i.e. He died once for the sins of all.   This reminds me of the great teaching of Paul in Romans 6 regarding the true Believers’ identification with the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection:



What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid.  How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:1-11). 



Here Paul explains the true Believer’s identification with Jesus Christ’s loving work for all on Calvary or His death and our holy walk under God’s abounding grace.  This scripture passage answers two basic questions:  #1 Shall we keep sinning so that grace may abound even more?  And #2 the truth having been revealed that we are not under the principle of law but under grace, shall we flaunt our liberty in Christ Jesus and willfully continue sinning?



Paul’s short answer is “May it never be!”  However, the answer to the first question is for all those who are saved, and in Christ Jesus, the old relationship to sin is forever broken, for we federally shared Christ’s death to sin, and we’re to not only believe this truth, we are to walk “in newness of life” to the glory of God the Father. 



The answer to the second question is, anyone yielding their members becomes servant to that which he or she yields, whether of sin unto death, or of righteousness unto present sanctification. 


So, then, the overall point Paul is making to the saints at Philippi is, which is better, physical circumcision that identified the individual as a religious Jew, or the reality all those in Christ, “the purchased possession” are identified with the Lord’s finished work of the cross having had all their sins removed and God won’t ever mention them again?  The latter, of course. 



Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:3-14). 



Let’s look at a companion verse in Colossians 2:12:



Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” 



Plainly said, when God sees the true Believer in Christ, He sees them crucified with His Son.  We were also buried with him, in baptism, which means God reckons our “old man” is dead and buried.  Furthermore, all our sin was “cut off” at the cross and buried forever:



And you hath he quickened (made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation (behavior) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:1-7). 



A true Believer is a person who trusts only and completely in the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection for the remission of sin.  If someone believes they can somehow earn God’s favor by performing “good deeds” of any kind, or keeping the law perfectly, they remain under the condemnation of God.  In short, these people are walking the Lord’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross underfoot, in unbelief, which dishonors God and His Son’s perfect, once-for-all, sacrifice.  Why do people think this will not elicit a negative response from God? 



But without faith it is impossible to please him (God): for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6).    



Make no mistake, the gospel of grace is still being attacked today.  Many people teach salvation is based on something you do or don’t do for God the Father.  If I may be blunt, this teaching originates in hell and those who believe it will one day future find themselves separated from the love of God and an eternal occupant of hell and then the Lake of Fire.  Paul’s writings make it crystal clear men and women are saved by grace (plus nothing else).  Think this through.  If you could earn your salvation, why did Jesus Christ suffer and die for your sins?  (See Ephesians 2:8-10). 



Let’s look at the back half of verse 3:3:



“…who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (John 4:19-24).



Here Paul described the church, the true circumcision, then and now, in three different ways.  Members of the Body of Christ (1) “worship God in the Spirit, and (2) rejoice in Christ Jesus, and (3) have no confidence in the flesh.” 



Whether you’re aware of it or not Paul’s statement here stands in stark contrast to the Jews religious behavior back in Paul’s day where the Jews prayed and worshipped at the temple, in accordance with the ceremonial law (Acts 3:1).  We no longer worship God via religious rites and ceremonies as the Jews did in the O.T.  True Believers worship God in the Spirit, that is, in the inner Spiritual man, and rejoice in Christ Jesus whenever and wherever they happen to be.    



Today, the true circumcision, “worships God in the Spirit,” and “we rejoice in Christ” continuously because of all He accomplished for the true Believer on the cross.  We can commune (to converse; to talk together familiarly; to impart sentiments mutually, in private or familiar discourse) with Him at any time and in any place.  We don’t have to go to a church building, at specific times of the day, to pray to God.  If you’re saved and in Christ, you have access to the very throne room of God, through Christ Jesus 24/7/365:



Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2).



For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (Ephesians 2:18-19).



According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him (Ephesians 3:11-12). 



I’ve found myself praying to God while driving my car and here in Florida that’s not a bad idea.  I’ve also prayed while on break at work, at the beach, in the privacy of my home, and in the company of likeminded Believers.   Furthermore, there were times when I could not find the words to express myself; this is when the Holy Spirit interceded for me: 



Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26).  



With this in mind, we are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices in service to God and others – to the glory of God the Father. 



I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:1-2).



The problem with a “living sacrifice” is it typically wants to climb off the altar!  People don’t normally want to put themselves out there because rejection and persecution are possible.  Why invite suffering, right?  I know from first-hand experience only 20% of the congregation serves in some capacity, while the other 80% gladly let them.  But Paul said, every true Believer, not just some, are to present their bodies as a living sacrifice in service to God and others (Galatians 6:2, 9-10).   We’re not to closet our God-given abilities and talents; we’re to put them to good use wherever there’s need not for our glory but Gods.’

There is but one way to do this effectively:   instead of you conforming to the world’s systems, and I’m seeing more and more of this today, even from churched people; you’re to be transformed by the “renewing of your mind.”



Another Bible passage comes to mind, so let’s all turn to Ephesians 5:19-20:



Speaking to yourselves win psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;



This speaks of the condition of one’s heart; or their motivation.  Why you’re compelled to do something, is more important to God than what we do.  Don’t get me wrong, if you’re truly a child of God He’s interested in both, but why we do what we do reflects our character and our mental attitude.  This speaks of having “the mind of Christ,” (Philippians 2:5-8), that is, a humble, grateful, heart:



If there be therefore any consolation in Christ (and there is), if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Ephesians 2:1-8).



Getting back to verse 3:3b, Paul is saying because we have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, we can worship God the Father at any time, in any place because it’s enabled, directed, and prompted by the indwelt Holy Spirit.  We rejoice in Christ Jesus or take pride in Him and His accomplishments and not in ours: “for we have no confidence in the flesh.”   Here “the flesh” is symbolic of anything and everything we accomplish under our own power.  The Body of Christ or the true circumcision does not depend on such things for their salvation; instead, they place their faith in the loving work of Jesus Christ on Calvary for their salvation and leave it there.



(To be continued)



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Friday, May 17, 2019

Philippians 3:2 - (L 25)


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"To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe” (3:1b).



Last week I explained the Bible is a progressive revelation.  We learn from the Scriptures as we diligently study our Bible, rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17).



When Paul wrote “To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous…,” One thing we learn from this statement is the Bible is repetitive.  God is gracious to us in our weaknesses, and based on mankind’s history, He knows we’re likely to forget what He has said.  Thus, repetition is often used for emphasis or to drive home a spiritual point, but it’s also a teaching tool.  Before summer camp started the staff with a teaching responsibility were required to attend the camp pastor’s training seminar.  One of the things he taught us is “Repeat the main teaching point at least ten times in your Bible lesson,” and he repeated it ten times.   That was about twenty-five years ago, and I still remember these words, which proves repetitious teaching works.



But what does “but for you it is safe” mean?  I’m glad you asked.  Paul’s reminding these Believers of something he said earlier, they are not to be intimidated or “terrifiedby their adversaries i.e. the opposition:



And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me (1:28-30, 3:1- 4:1).



The adversaries Paul’s referencing above were enemies of the gospel of grace and we’ll get to this in just a minute.  Right now, I want to remind y’all of Paul’s command to the Philippians in 1:27: “Only let your conversation (behavior) be as it becometh the gospel of Christ…”  That is, “your speech full of grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man, (Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 4:29).



Not only are we to study God’s Word to find the answers to all our specific needs, we are called to present the Scriptures, rightly divided, to others as an answer for their needs.  This is one of the things Paul meant when he instructed the Philippians to “Hold forth the word of life;” (2:16a).  Their ministry to the unsaved was to be enhanced by being “blameless and harmless, the sons (and daughters) of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation (2:15).  In other words, their behavior had to be above reproach in order to share the gospel of grace effectively.  This is the pattern Paul set for these Believers and we’re to follow his lead.



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Please open your Bible at Philippians 3:2.



Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision” (Literally, a cutting off.  Hence, in scripture, the religious Jews who stressed the need to be circumcised).  For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and (what) rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (or Old Adam, i.e. our old man). 



Three times in verse 3:2 Paul said “Beware” in effect saying, “Be ever vigilant for dogs, evil workers, and those who herald circumcision.”  Paul used three negative terms to describe one group of people.  These men were adversaries of the gospel of grace, but who were they?  He didn't identify them here by name, but he did identify their characteristics, which in turn underscores their motivation.  So, we understand they are the Judaizers from Judea.  They traveled around in the first century promoting Judaism and they obstinately opposed the gospel of Christ and those who taught it. 



Please turn in your Bible to Acts 15:1-5.  Here we find Paul and Barnabas disputing with these men from Judea because they taught legalistic principles:    



And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.  When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.  And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them (Gentile converts), and to command them to keep the law of Moses.


Clearly, the Pharisees of verse 15:5 were attacking Paul's gospel.  They taught the necessity of adopting Jewish customs and practices, especially those found in the Mosaic Law to be saved and circumcision was a Jewish, religious practice.  Acts 15:5 reveals these Pharisees were Christian Believers, but with a twist.  They didn’t denounce Christ Jesus, but they believed it took more to be saved then simply believing Paul’s gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). 



In 1 Corinthians 7:19, Paul said circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing; in effect saying good works cannot save anyone; what matters is obeying the commandments of God:



Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God (See 1 Corinthians 14:37).



But now,” dispensationaly speaking, Paul declared “the righteousness of God without the law is manifested (made clear), being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (Romans 3:21).



Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law (Romans 3:28). 

Circumcision is mentioned about a hundred times in the Bible.  However, I don’t assume everyone understands why the Jews stressed the need  to be circumcised, so let’s take the time to visit Genesis 17 where this operation of man began: 

     

God’s Covenant of Circumcision



And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.  And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.  And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.



And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.  And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the (Abrahamic) covenant betwixt me and you.  And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.  He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.  And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant (Genesis 17:1-14).



In 17:1-8, the LORD used the term "I will" seven times, revealing all He would do for Abraham and his descendants under the Abrahamic Covenant.  Then, starting with verse 9, He told Abraham what he needed to do for Him.  I split this passage along those lines for your benefit.  



I was taught things that are concealed in the O.T. are often revealed in the N.T. and we have an example before us.  Circumcision is normally thought of in the natural sense, but we soon discover in the N. T. God had a spiritual meaning in mind.  Paul informed us in 1 Corinthians 15:46 the natural comes first and then the spiritual.  This common thread of truth runs throughout the Bible.  First came Cain, and then Abel; Esau preceded Jacob, and Adam, the first man, came before the Son of Man, the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, etc.:



And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual (1Corinthians 15:45-46).


To help you understand God’s spiritual purpose in circumcision let’s visit Deuteronomy 30:6:  And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart (Strong’s Hebrew #3824, meaning:  inner man, mind, will), and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.



Right off, this is an O. T. Bible verse, so this has to be a prophetic future event.  This verse is also telling us God will do something man is unable to do for themselves.  I don’t think it needs to be said, but just in case, this verse is not referring to the physical heart.  The word “heart” refers to the inner man, i.e. the spirit of man, so the LORD God is saying He will one day future circumcise the spirit of man.   



As a rule, circumcision doesn’t mean all that much to the Gentiles and from what I’ve read over the years the Israelites were not the first to practice it.  However, in the first three chapters of Romans, Paul deals with the condemnation of the entire human race, which underscored mankind’s desperate need for the gospel of grace.  In Romans 2:17-29, Paul began to specifically address the self-righteous Jews saying:


Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.  Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?  thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?  Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery?  thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?  Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?  For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?  And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter (of the law); whose praise is not of men, but of God.



In verses 2:28-29, God is contrasting and comparing two different groups of people.  Both are referred to as being Jews, but one group is said to be circumcised by God and the other group by the hands of men.  God initiated natural circumcision in the flesh with Abraham and his seed, etc.  This was a natural, outward token of the Abrahamic Covenant.  This religious rite was not performed by the LORD, this circumcision was performed by man.  So, down through the centuries, this ritual was performed on the male child 8 days after their birth (Leviticus 12:3).  This is the circumcision done by human hands God is speaking of and comparing to the “true” circumcision.  Those who have been circumcised inwardly of the heart (man’s inner spirit) are the “true” Jews.  The heart must be set apart unto God.  This pictured the reality that one must have his or her heart pierced and cut to the core by the sharp, two-edged sword of the Word of God.  So, physical circumcision is a picture of the spiritual circumcision that must take place in the life of every true Believer. 



In Galatians 6:15, Paul wrote:  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.



This means there is no saving value whatsoever in physical circumcison.  If you recall, Paul addressed the false teachers, known as the Judaizers; they came into the church after Paul had left.  They told the Galatians to be saved you must obey the Mosaic Law and be circumcised, in effect, putting these grace Believers back under the Law.



We understand the “fickle” Galatian Believers were returning to and in some cases turning away from Paul’s gospel of grace to legalism, the sign of which is circumcision performed by man:  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7).



Then later in Galatians 4:9- we learn these people were considering a complete acceptance of the law: 



But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.  I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.



In Philippians 3:2, Paul used three derogatory terms to identify the Judaizers because they infiltrated the grace churches aiming to discredit him and undermine his gospel (Acts 15:1; Romans 2:16).  So, Paul warned them to beware of dogs, which was an offensive term; everyone knew what Paul meant.  Dogs were filthy, diseased scavengers that often ran in packs.  People detested them.  The Jews referred to the Gentiles as dogs, meaning the lowest of the low.  Jesus Himself used this negative term while speaking to the Canaanite woman (a Gentile) in Matthew 15:26:  But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.



The Judaizers were attacking Paul’s gospel and his ministry, so he responded in kind by borrowing a passage from Isaiah 56:10-11, denouncing their evil practice:



His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, They are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.  Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, And they are shepherds that cannot understand: They all look to their own way, Every one for his gain, from his quarter.



Perhaps now you understand why Paul warned the Philippians x3.  He doesn’t want the Jewish converts returning to legalism, and he doesn’t want the Gentiles forsaking the gospel of grace for something he referred to as “weak and beggarly” (Galatians 4:9; Ephesians 4:14).  Paul identified the Pharisees in three ways so the Philippians (and us today) could recognize them when (not if) they appeared on scene.  He doesn’t want anyone perverting the gospel of Christ Jesus and disturbing the liberty every true Believer presently has in Him. 



(To be continued)



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