Devotions - Read Online

Friday | 21 September 2018
Self-righteousness

The apostle Paul desired to be found in Christ, not having a righteousness of his own that was derived from the law. In other words, Paul did not want to be righteous because he was fulfilling the law or because he was using the law properly. Neither did he want the Lord to help him to fulfil the law. Instead, Paul wanted to be in Christ and to have the righteousness that comes from God through faith. Php 3:8-9. 2Pe 1:1.

The righteousness that comes from God through faith is the whole package of life that the Father has predestined for us. He wants our cooperation so we reveal the name that He has for us. However, our familiar and fallen propensity is to make a name for ourselves. Paul called this, ‘a righteousness of our own’. Php 3:9. In the pursuit of our own righteousness, we can even draw from the standard of God’s law to define an image and a name for ourselves. We believe that what we are presenting is true. Paul called this ‘a strong delusion’. 2Th 2:11-12.

He also wrote, ‘I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung’. Php 3:8. In referring to his own righteousness as ‘dung’, Paul was drawing on the words of the Lord by the prophet Malachi.

Through Malachi, the Lord said, ‘“And now, O priests, this commandment is for you. If you will not hear, and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory to My name,” says the Lord of hosts, “I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not take it to heart. Behold, I will rebuke your descendants and spread refuse [lit: dung] on your faces, the refuse of your solemn feasts; and one will take you away with it”.’ Mal 2:1-3.


Further Study:
Romans 10
Daily Proverb:

References:
Php 3:8-9
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but dung so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.

2Pe 1:1
Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

2Th 2:11-12
And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Mal 2:1-3
‘“And now, O priests, this commandment is for you. If you will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, To give glory to My name," Says the LORD of hosts, "I will send a curse upon you, And I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, Because you do not take it to heart. "Behold, I will rebuke your descendants And spread refuse on your faces, The refuse of your solemn feasts; And one will take you away with it”.’
Browse Devotions
 
Subscribe

Please fill out the form below to subscribe to our daily email devotions.

First Name *

Last Name *

Email Address *

* Required Field