Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"Righteousness Based on Faith"

“Righteousness Based on Faith”

Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found  in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ---the righteousness from God based on faith.     Philippians 3:8b-9

The Apostle Paul is basically telling us that:  Everything he had that he looked at as GAIN, he NOW, considered it to be a LOSS because of his RELATIONSHIP with Christ.  And also, in view of the SURPASSING VALUE of KNOWING Christ Jesus as his Lord.  And he felt this in his HEART, so that he might GAIN CHRIST.

Paul KNEW that his own RIGHTEOUSNESS, which would come from keeping the law, was NOTHING more than FILTHY RAGS, in comparison to the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the ALMIGHTY GOD.  And Paul’s own RIGHTEOUSNESS could NOT give him a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.  But he MUST obtain RIGHTEOUSNESS through the LORD JESUS CHRIST---RIGHTEOUSNESS from GOD, and based on FAITH.

Paul also tells us that: “God presented Him (Christ Jesus), to demonstrate His RIGHTEOUSNESS at the present time, so that He would be RIGHTEOUS and declare RIGHTEOUS the one who has FAITH in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26)  In order to obtain the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God, you MUST be a TRUE BELIEVER, one who has given their HEART AND LIFE to Him. And possesses FAITH in Him as God’s Son, the REDEEMER of ALL mankind, and the ONLY WAY to obtain an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. 

To do that you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in HEAVEN making intercession for you, before God.  And ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and RIGHTEOUSNESS based on your FAITH.  And ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO RELIEF whatsoever.   So, do this NOW, while you still can.   He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

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