Confidence in the Flesh

The previous post in this series is:

True vs. False Circumcision

The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

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: (Philippians 3:3-4)

Sometimes I wonder what Paul is talking about. If we read this verse out of context, that might be easy to do here. But, as I intend to publish more on this passage, we can hit this now and help explain later.

The Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the meaty parts of a body (human or animal). But, it can also refer to people, and specifically the things we can do ourselves. That is the meaning Paul uses here. In other words, the works we can accomplish apart from God and divine influence.

When we see it written that way it makes more sense, and also fits very well with Paul’s upcoming theme of his previous works being garbage.

We should always strive to do good things NOT with an eye on our salvation, but simply because we belong to God. Our salvation status won’t change with the works we accomplish, but our relationship with our God will be improved! And, that’s always good!!!

The next post in this series is:

Paul’s Right to Confidence in the Flesh

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