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Philippians 3:7-9 - Surpassing Value

Find Confidence in Christ!

 

Philippians 3:7–9 (ESV)


But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 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—

 

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Belgic Confession of Faith, Article 21: The Atonement


We believe

that Jesus Christ is a high priest forever

according to the order of Melchizedek—

made such by an oath—

and that he presented himself

in our name

before his Father,

to appease his wrath

with full satisfaction

by offering himself

on the tree of the cross

and pouring out his precious blood

for the cleansing of our sins,

as the prophets had predicted.


So he paid back

what he had not stolen,

and he suffered—

the “just for the unjust,”

in both his body and his soul—

in such a way that

when he senses the horrible punishment

required by our sins

his sweat became like “big drops of blood

falling on the ground.”

He cried, “My God, my God,

why have you abandoned me?”


And he endured all this for the forgiveness of our sins.


Therefore we rightly say with Paul that

we “know nothing but Jesus and him crucified”;

we consider all things as “dung

for the excellence of the knowledge

of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We find all comforts in his wounds

and have no need to seek or invent any other means

to reconcile ourselves with God

than this one and only sacrifice,

once made,

which renders believers perfect

forever.


This is also why

the angel of God called him Jesus—

that is, “Savior”—

because he would save his people

from their sins.

 

Summary


In our world today, we talk about the value of things, from a house that someone just bought, to a new car, to the value of a great deal like a buy one get one free, or a value menu at a fast food restaurant. We're always on the lookout for the next great value.


Today's passage comes right after Paul had recounted all the things he at one time valued. But after he came to know Christ, that which he valued changed greatly. He writes, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 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."


What Christ has done for you - having clothed you in His righteousness alone through His atoning death on your behalf - this is where you must find your true value, and this is where you must place your confidence, not in anything you could ever do on your own.



Dig Deeper


If we’re honest with ourselves, there can be times when we can slip into the mindset of wondering 'Have I done enough?' or 'Have I done enough good over the course of my life?'


The enemy perhaps comes and tells us the lie that we haven’t done enough, and that we’re not good enough. But it’s important for you and me to remember where our confidence lies; that we are to rest in Christ’s righteousness alone.


As the hymn “The Solid Rock” reminds us:


My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.


Likewise, in verse four:


When He shall come with trumpet sound,

O may I then in Him be found;

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne.


Far from making you complacent, this should spur you on to gratitude, so that you're living out of gratitude for what Christ has done for you through the enabling and empowering work of the Holy Spirit.


So when the enemy would tempt you, accusing you that you haven’t done enough, look to Christ, to His atoning sacrifice for you, remembering that He is your confidence.


May you declare with Paul, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”



  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, who provides righteousness on the basis of faith;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you will consider everything the world values to be a loss, and that your value will come from the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus;

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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