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biblestudy: Philippians (Part 8)

Philippians 3:1-16
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 26-Sep-89; Sermon #BS-PH08; 70 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh, pointing out the Apostle Paul's contention that any righteousness or morality attained by our own law keeping falls short of the righteousness required for salvation, asserts that only the righteousness of Christ attained through faith will pass muster. Unlike man's limiting, myopic, self-centered righteousness, excluding others from their circle, the righteousness of Christ (emanating from Christ's knowledge) focuses on selfless outgoing service to others, leading to exponential spiritual growth with limitless possibilities. Like Christ, we must willing to yield and trust in God's ability to create and shape us, willing to be corrected and changed as He sees fit. If we become self-satisfied with our spiritual progress, God cannot work with us. Working out our salvation is to make faith practical by experience, yielding continually to God's prompts through His Holy Spirit.

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Athletic metaphor Carnal mind Carnal nature Christ?s knowledge Circumcision Eye of the Beholder God as artist Holiness of God Human nature Life as a race Limits to growth Limitless possibilities New Creation Pedigree Pharisee Quality of righteousness Righteousness of law Righteousness required for salvation Self interest Weightier matters of the law Whitened sepulchers




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