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Philippians 3:1-11

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

Christians are circumcised in the spirit, meaning we have cut off the flesh and fleshly desires.  This relates directly to God’s command to Abraham to circumcise himself and his descendants, it is a symbol of dying to oneself and throwing away fleshly desires.  We should not rely on that part anymore but rely on the Spirit and Jesus who we can put our trust and confidence in.

4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish,

If anyone has anything to boast about in the flesh, it is Paul, he born a Jew, a direct descendant of Abraham.  He followed the law and the ten commandments to the tee, you can’t find a fault in him, he went so far as persecuting Christian when he was a Pharisee because he thought they were heretics.  He was completely righteousness… in the eyes of man, but in the eyes of God, he is nothing, because Jesus is the truly righteous and perfect man.  After knowing Christ, Paul thought of all he has done as nothing, worst than nothing even.

that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by 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 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

To be righteous in the eyes of God is easier than ever, it is through faith in Christ, He will cleanse us from our sins and give us the power to live for Him and the hope of life with Him in eternity.

God is Righteous