A Word From The Pastor

Have No Confidence in the Flesh

September 11, 2016
Pastor Kaiser

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

       

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
  
   The people here that Paul refers to as the circumcision are none other but Christians.  We know this first of all because he begins this chapter with the words, Finally, my BRETHREN.  The people that Paul was writing to were the Christians at Philippi.  It is the Christians who worship God in Spirit and in truth.  The Jews do not rejoice in Christ Jesus, but our rejoicing in Him is continual.  The doctrine and act of circumcision was NOT given by God as a mere outward ceremony; nor did He intend on it becoming just a tradition because “we are Jews”.  Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.  Unfortunately circumcision had turned into an act performed by the Jews to be accepted by all other Jews instead of an act performed to please and to worship God.  Formalism has destroyed many a teachings of our Lord.  We must fiercely guard against formalism and traditions.  We do not attend church for a show to others.  We do not pray to be accepted by men.  We are not Christians to “fit in”, or to be accepted by people.  We are Christians because of Him.  We attend church because of Him.  We are God-pleasers not men-pleasers; we seek not the approval of men, but the approval of God.
   The act of circumcision had become just an outward ceremony that had lost its true meaning of cutting away the acts of the flesh and to live spiritually walking with God.  Circumcision was supposed to affect the heart for God and not an acceptance of man.  Upon this basis and the context of Philippians chapter three we see that Paul had no confidence in the flesh.  Not circumcision, not the great nation that he was born into, not the tribe of Benjamin he came from, and not his great accomplishments as a Hebrew of the Hebrews.  He even said that all of these were loss, nothing to him; and that Christ was his everything.  We must strive in keeping Jesus at the center of our lives and remember the worship of God is inward and not the ability of the flesh.

~Pastor Kaiser