“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about Man relating with God, it’s not about my religion or your religion since we know that religion doesn’t save anyone. There can be great wisdom in “losing your religion” in exchange for a relationship with God: because religion is humankind’s attempt to reach God. On the other hand, Christianity is God reaching down to humanity through the person and work of Christ. The religious and irreligious alike need to understand that nothing and no one is saved apart from Jesus Christ.
In Philippians 3:3, Apostle Paul makes contrasts of false religion with a relationship with Christ. Specifically, he certifies that the church is the true people of God: “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.” Paul declares that Christians are not mutilators of the flesh(fore skin). Instead believers are the true circumcision, spiritually speaking. Paul gives three evidences that Christians indeed are the people of God rather than the unbelieving Jews.
First, Christians “worship in the spirit of God.” In this context this phrase could mean that our worship is internal, not merely external. However, this word for “worship” in Greek, “latreuo” connotes servanthood or service or coming under the authority of someone. So Paul is likely suggesting that believers are called to worship in “spirit and truth” (John 4:24), yet are also called to external expressions of that worship.
Secondly, Christians “glory in Christ Jesus.” Paul’s word for “glory” in Greek, “kauchaomai” can mean “to boast,” and, together with two other closely related greek words “kauchema” and “kauchesis”, is often used in his letters to indicate one’s confidence. We are the true people of God, says Paul, because we boast that the Messiah has come in Jesus.
Thirdly, Christians “put no confidence in the flesh.” “Flesh” in greek is “sarx” and here it refers to “earthly things or physical advantages.” When you stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, don’t you dare say, “I made it with my own wisdom and strength. Didn’t I? Jesus, you did your part by dying on the cross, but I also did mine through my works of righteousness. I partnered together with You in my salvation.” I can’t think of a declaration more repugnant to the Lord. Instead, we must fall on our faces and acknowledge that we don’t deserve God’s goodness and grace.
Child of God, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is so real: in our individual lives, in our families, in our careers, in our businesses, and in all spheres of a believer’s life. When you accepted Christ, you accepted Him to influence every aspect of your life. That’s the reason your friends can be in trouble, when you’re not. There’s not always a justification for this kind of favor, But it is simply the Reality of the Gospel. Praise be to the Lord!
I Love You!