IT WASN’T ME – CHRIST DID IT! Philippians 3:1-11

1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.

2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

I have a gym membership. I have joined a particular gym in town for my ongoing health and well-being, I am growing a habit (slowly) of gym attendance.

And with my membership there are automatic benefits.

  • Access to all gym locations across the country

  • Workout 24 hours/7 days

  • 30-minute Express Circuit

  • Access to all Equipment

  • Free Fitness Orientation

In our passage today, Paul binds together all the truths that have come before as benefits of being IN CHRIST.

IN CHRIST, not in our own efforts, we have relationship, knowledge, a new perceptive, and ultimately our greatest need met, righteousness.

My gym membership gives me a relationship with the gym community. I have joined the gym community.

Paul tells us that IN CHRIST we are in community, in relationship with God.

Relationship IN CHRIST

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus - Philippians 3:3

IN CHRIST, we are… Set apart (Circumcised), in relationship with God.

In Jewish tradition, circumcision was the sign of being in covenant relationship with God. Paul is reminding us that a sign of being God’s people is true circumcision, spiritual circumcision. Being spiritually set apart for God. In covenant relationship with God.

IN CHRIST, we are set apart. In relationship with God.

In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:11-14

One of the problems with my gym membership is that I am not in a contract. A problem because I can end it anytime.

But being in relationship/covenant with God, IN CHRIST, is an eternal contract/covenant relationship.

And this relationship sees us, IN CHRIST, able to…

  • Serve God, through the empowering and enabled of the Holy Spirit.

  • I am able to boldly share/boast that I am now IN CHRIST! This is my identify, this is who I am.

IN CHRIST, we are set apart. In relationship with God.

Are you in relationship with God?

With my gym membership, I receive a free one off fitness orientation. In 60 minutes they look to fill me with everything I needed to know about the facilities and how to make the most out of what is on offer at the gym.

Paul tells us that IN CHRIST we receive the knowledge of Christ.

Knowledge IN CHRIST

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord - Philippians 3:8

IN CHRIST, I know Christ Jesus my Lord.

This isn’t a 60-minute orientation.

This is a past, present and future focused knowledge.

  • I know what God has done in saving me in and through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

  • I know what He is seeking to do in and through me as he shapes me and transforms me into the likeness of Christ.

  • I know that ultimately, I will be with Him for an eternity.

All of this knowledge is found IN CHRIST.

In light of this knowledge, everything else is a loss. IN CHRIST, everything else is a loss.

Paul’s Jewish credentials and status… (vs. 4-6) meant nothing—if anything they blinded him to salvation IN CHRIST.

The letters after our names, the jobs we have, the status we have in society, the status we have in the church, the tax bracket we are in, the care we drive… all mean nothing, all are loss in light of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord of our lives.

What is of highest value, of surpassing worth, knowing Christ Jesus as Lord of our lives.

What is of highest value to you?

With my gym membership, I gain access. Access to facilities, equipment, expertise.

Paul tells us that IN CHRIST we gain access to a new identify and rightness before God.