Paul, Philippi, And The Passage In Galatians Chapter 3

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Introduction Paul, Philippi, and the passage in Philippians chapter 3 all include unique aspects. Paul Born in the city of Tarsus, had the privilege of being born a roman citizen as well as being from a devoutly Jewish family. Paul a zealous Jew, obtained permission from the chief priest to persecute early Christians. On his way to Damascus he was blinded by God and converted to faith in Jesus Christ; because of this, he became a leader in the early church. The city of Philippi is a Roman city despite its distance from Rome. Paul had visited Philippi and helped create the first church in Europe. The city had a great pride in its roman heritage. In chapter three of Paul’s letter the Philippians there is obviously a specific issue Paul is addressing …show more content…
1. Christians should be on the lookout for false teachers. In Jude 3-5 the author warns the church about those who’s teachings “pervert the grace of God” and deny Jesus Christ. 2. Christians should put no confidence in the flesh. In Galatians 5:19-21, Paul contrasts the work of the flesh and the work of the spirit and he shows clearly the nature of the flesh. In Romans 7:18, Paul makes a statement about the sinfulness of the flesh, he said that he has the desire to do what is good but not the ability. 3. Salvation is of God not of the law. In Ephesians 2:8-9, Paul speaks of the idea that salvation is by the grace of God and not of any work of man. In 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Paul makes a statement that man was destined for wrath but through Christ man has attained salvation. 4. The resurrection from the dead is through Christ. In Romans 6:5, Paul speaks of the resurrection in that because Christians are brought into Christ’s death Christians are brought into the resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15:21, Paul talks about how death came into the world through Adam, but Christ brought resurrection. 5. The law kept to the best of one’s abilities pales in comparison to grace. In Romans 7:6, Paul talks about how Christians are free from the law and worship by the spirit and not by a written …show more content…
The points made in this passage deal with the struggle of the Christian walk, the conflict between the flesh and the spirit. The third verse lets the reader on the idea that because of the work of Christ the church is now God’s people. The work of the law is now fulfilled in Christ and all praise for salvation. In the next verses Paul lists out the reasons he has to put confidence I the flesh. He uses this to say that even though he has so many qualifications he is saved by Christ and not of the law. The idea is that Christians should let their hope of salvation rest in the work of Christ and not on any act under the law. Because in the modern context there are not many jewdizers teaching in churches, the modern Christian must understand that no religious ritual brings salvation but only faith in Christ Jesus. In the next few verses Paul talks about how he counts all things rubbish compared to knowing Christ. This in the modern context holds the same meaning in that the religious activities that are done mean nothing in the way of salvation and even acts of good service done for the good of others or the church mean nothing in comparison to knowing Christ and being found in him and in the righteousness that comes through faith in

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