Friday, 28 September 2018
“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: 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; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 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 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—“
Being ‘religious’ is not the way to be right with God!
Paul kept every possible religious rule there was. He had the entire Bible memorised. But he had to leave all of his own goodness behind and trust in Christ’s righteousness in order to be right with God.
You may have been confirmed and baptised. You may be active in church. But none of that makes you right with God. God accepts us when we trust in his grace alone.
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