(1-11) Righteousness Through Faith in Christ
We can rejoice in the Lord regardless of our circumstances because we know that we have already overcome through Christ.
Paul places no confidence in his Pharisee credentials or religious zeal. He counts all his gain as loss for the sake of knowing Jesus the Christ. He considers it more valuable to be found in Him above anything else. Paul is not depending on his own righteousness for salvation. Because he has placed his faith in Christ, he is depending on the righteousness of God for salvation and eternal life.
We should not place confidence in ourselves or in anything or anyone else for salvation. It is only through faith in Christ that we can be righteous before God.
(12-21) Straining Toward the Goal
Paul acknowledges that he still has a long way to go as a follower of Jesus the Christ, but he is determined to know Christ better and serve Him more faithfully because Christ has made Paul His own. If we’re honest like Paul, all of us will admit that we’re not perfect. We too have a long way to go as followers of Christ. But we should not let our shortcomings hold us back. We should forget what lies in the past, press on with the present, and remain focused on the future.
Our goal in life is not to attain a vast collection of earthly things because down here is not our home. Heaven is the place where we belong. When we are reunited with Christ in glory, our lowly bodies will be changed into resurrection bodies that will never be corrupted and never see death.
Favorite verse: (20) But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.