Timeless truths from Philippians 3:3-7.
Do you have a rich religious heritage? Maybe your family built a church… generational pastors…. generational deacons…. charter members? All of us bring something to the table. Some bring far more than others. But how do you evaluate all the religious training & pedigree?
The preeminent Apostle Paul evaluated what he brought to the table and called it “loss.” In verse 8 he called it “rubbish.” That is a very gracious translation by the NAS. The KJV translated the word in verse 8 correctly – “dung.” Holman Christian translates the word “filth.” Now I am not at all implying that your religious heritage is filth. However, if your heritage is what you think will win you favor when you pull up your chair at the King’s table, you are bringing “dung” to the table! Your heritage will not win you favor. It may inflate your pride. The ONLY thing that wins us the favor of the King is His Grace! Period. Thank God that you did not allow your rich heritage to prevent you from seeing your sinfulness before the Holy God. Rejoice that God has mercy on paupers.
“for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:3-7 NASB