If anyone else thinks he has reason to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. But whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. (Philippians 3:4b-6 NIV)
Paul was fired up- reminds me of an old high school cheer; Let’s get fired up! Oh, the memories! For Paul, he had not forgotten, a second letter- same message. As discussed before, the flesh wants- what the flash wants. As Saul, his flesh ruled and boasted about his place in life. He was circumcised, a Hebrew, a Pharisee, persecuting the church, faultless through legalist righteousness; self-righteous. Confidence in flesh, easily controls many today.
In Christ, developing Word knowledge excels us @Christianity 101. During Bible times, Jesus was teaching, now we have the inspired Word of God, The Bible, for sole purpose to teach what it means to be like Christ. The flesh no longer dominates thinking, God transforms who we once were- into His vessel, ready for every good work. If still reflecting world ideologies, decide who is served. As a blinding light gained Saul’s attention, his world turned around, traded old self for new image in Christ. He was all in- never doubting. When Jesus is accepted as Savior, we accept being a disciple of Christ. Realizing such truths, we want the words of our mouth, and meditations of our heart to be pleasing to God (Psalm 19:14)
There’s so much to understand. This begins with purpose in Spiritual journeys, keep seeking God, keep learning. Because, if we don’t- we could spend many years in a faultless- legalistic righteousness. I used to be self-righteous, a very unpleasant personality. Once people are set straight- egos are fed, yet in reality, it’s very foolish. Gaining God’s purpose for our lives, maturing Spiritually, we rise above flesh tactics, and receive God’s peace. Reaching this level, consider all else a loss for the sake of Christ. He is the author and finisher of our faith- no one else get’s this benefit. It is Christ who transformed Saul into Paul- and He can do the very same with us. Let’s move forward!