PHILIPPIANSCHAPTER 3Verse 3January 8, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHJACKSON, MISSISSIPPI“Before I start talking...” (Yogi)Christmas verses:John 1:1,14 Revelation 12:1-5John 1:11“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word wasGod.”John 1:1414“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory asof the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”“And the Word became flesh” = the Incarnation = what Christmas is all about!Sometimes Scripture can have more that one application:*two schools of thought among Jewish rabbis during the time of Christ…Rev 12:1-51“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moonunder her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars2 and she was with Child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon havingseven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.4 And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth,5 And she gave birth to a Son, a male Child, Who is to rule all the nations with a rod ofiron; and her Child was caught up to God and to His throne.” Rev 12:1-5
Philippians 3:2 warns about false believers and then verse 3 addresses five qualities oftrue believers:True believers:1)rejoice in the Lord,2)exercise discernment,3)worship in the Spirit,4)glory in Christ Jesus, and5)no confidence in the fleshPhilippians 3:3“for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in ChristJesus and put no confidence in the flesh,”TRUE BELIEVERS WORSHIP IN THE SPIRIT“who worship in the Spirit of God” Philippians 3:3 aWe can exclaim with the psalmists,"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God" (Ps 42:1);This "peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension" comes only to those who"seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" (Matt 6:33).True worship is in the power of the Spirit of God, because only He can produce thelove, joy, and peace that characterize true worshipers Gal 5:22.Those who worship in the flesh "draw near with their words and honor God with theirlip service, but they remove their hearts far from Him, and their reverence for for Himconsists of tradition learned by rote" (Isa 29:13).True worshipers are devoted to God; He has no rival for our affection.We "worship the Lord our God, and serve Him only" (Matt 4:10), holding nothing back,we "present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is ourspiritual service of worship" (Rom 12:1).True Christians are not simply marked by attending church or performing religiousduties, but by a worshiping heart. No one else can worship God quite like you can.*You are unique!*No one else can worship God quite like you can.
Five qualities of true believers:1)they rejoice in the Lord,2)they exercise discernment,3)they worship in the Spirit,4)They glory in Christ Jesus4)TRUE WORSHIPERS GLORY IN CHRIST JESUS“and glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:3bKauchaomai (glory) describes boasting with exultant joy about what or Who a personis most proud of.“Glory” is a favorite term of Pauls; thirty-five of its thirty-seven appearances in theNew Testament are in his epistles.The root word can be used in a negative sense to describe proud, inappropriateboasting.Kauchaomai is also used, however, to describe believers joyful exulting in Christ as it isused here in a positive way.True Christians give the credit for all that they are and have to the Lord Jesus Christ.With Paul they declare, "By the grace of God I am what I am" and …"Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God"(Rom 15:17).They obey the Biblical injunction: "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord”.In contrast, false believers "boast according to the flesh", believing that their goodworks and religious activities earn them favor with God.But salvation is "by grace . . . through faith; . . . it is the gift of God"; it is "not . . . a resultof works, so that no one may boast“. Eph 2:8-9It was the Biblical truth that sinful men can do nothing to merit salvation that led theReformers to teach that salvation is sola fide (by faith alone) and sola gratia (bygrace alone).*Those who think they can earn Gods grace by their own works give evidence thatthey lack saving faith.
Five qualities of true believers:1)they rejoice in the Lord,2)they exercise discernment,3)they worship in the Spirit,4)They glory in Christ Jesus5)TRUE WORSHIPERS PUT NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH“and put no confidence in the flesh,” Philippians 3:3 cThe flesh represents mans fallen, unredeemed humanness; it pictures human abilityapart from God.Unlike the "many who boast according to the flesh" (2 Cor 11:18), true Christians putno confidence in the flesh.They understand that "it is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh profits nothing" (John 6:63),and they agree with Pauls declaration, "For I know that nothing good dwells in me,that is, in my flesh" (Rom 7:18).Because it is fallen and unredeemed, the flesh cannot do anything to please God; itserves only the law of sin (Romans 7:25).Therefore, it is a distinguishing characteristic of the redeemed that they "do not walkaccording to the flesh but according to the Spirit" (8:4), because "the mind set on theflesh is death" (Romans 8:6 & 13) and "those who are in the flesh cannot please God"(Romans 8:8).