~ Consider 4 Areas in Philippians 3 Where Paul Had Reason to be Proud ~
The Passage ~ “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless” (Philippians 3:2-6).
Pride of Ancestry ~ “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; …” (Philippians 3:5a).
Pride of Orthodoxy ~ “… concerning the law, a Pharisee …” (Philippians 3:5b).
Pride of Activity ~ “… concerning zeal, persecuting the church; …” (Philippians 3:6a).
Pride of Morality ~ “… concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless” (Philippians 3:6b).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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