Posted January 21, 2013
9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
Last week in Philippians 3:7-8, we saw that Paul considered knowing Christ worth more than anything in the world... His ultimate desire was to gain Christ and this verse carries on the thought by saying he wants to be found in him. In his commentary on Philippians, JA Motyer says, “Paul has just portrayed the Lord Jesus Christ as the all-sufficient wealth which he is determined, as time passes, to appropriate more and more (verse 8). He now changes the picture: the Lord Jesus is a dwelling so attractive that Paul cannot bear to be away from home. He wants nothing except to be found in him (verse 9)... Jesus is his permanent address. Paul may be in Rome, Philippi, Jerusalem; he may be healthy, sick, worried, free of care - but he will always be in him.”
In order to be found in him, Paul again forfeits one thing to gain another. In this case it’s connected to righteousness (right-ness, or right standing before God), and in specific, how one is made right before God. Paul had flaunted his spiritual resume in prior verses (5-6), only to reject them because these righteous acts that came from the law couldn’t make him right before God! There was a different sort of righteousness that Paul was after... Not one based on human achievement, but rather the work of Christ on the cross for sinners like you and me. This righteousness comes through faith (trust, confidence) in Christ, not doing more for God.
What are we seeking to gain in life? Where are we seeking to be found? What righteousness are we seeking? May we seek to gain Christ, to be found in him, not having a righteousness of our own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ!
This week’s artwork was created by Tyler Evans (http://www.krop.com/tyleredesign/) was written by Ryan Gikas and Joel Limpic and produced by Dustin Ragland.