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Philippians 3:3 says, “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.” (NASB)
This is an interesting verse but what does it mean? Okay,
maybe we understand what worship means but what is it to glory in Christ and
put no confidence in the flesh? Fortunately, the Apostle Paul went on to show
us what he meant by these terms a little further down in the passage.
7-11 he writes: “But whatever things were
gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More
than that, I count all things loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing
Christ Jesus my Lord, whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count
them rubbish in order 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, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship
of His sufferings, being conformed to His death in order that I may attain to
the resurrection from the dead.”
So what are the signs of the “true circumcision” or in other
words those who are truly God’s people? They (we) worship in the Spirit, glory
in Christ, and put no confidence in the flesh.
And what is it to glory in Christ and to put no confidence
in the flesh? It is to realize that whatever things were gain to you or me are
to be counted as loss for the sake of Christ.