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As Many as Received Him

January 14, 2020

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As Many as Received Him

When we are grossly disgusted  with something,  we might declare,  “Rubbish!”  or  “Garbage!”      Chances are  that we might say that  about someone else.      But,  to say that  about ourselves,  would be a surprise  to others.      They might wonder  how we could  put ourselves down  like that.      Paul declared his former life style  to be rubbish — because it really was,  and boy,  did he know it.      In Philippians 3:1-16  Paul describes  some of the things  he used  to pride himself on.      He had been so confident  of his right standing  with God,  in regards to  his upbringing,  zeal for the Lord,  and obedience  to the law.

But,  then he realized  what a waste  his former life was.      What he thought was so good  was not good at all  in God’s eyes.      So,  he powerfully declares  in Philippians 3:7-12,

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  to be loss  in view of  the surpassing value  of knowing Christ Jesus  my Lord,  for whom  I have suffered the loss  of all things,  and count them  but 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.

Not that I have  already obtained it,  or have  already become perfect,  but I press on  in order that  I may lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

All of Paul’s good works  and obedience  to the law  were counted as  rubbish.      Why?      He wanted the precious gift  of claiming Christ’s righteousness  as his own — by faith.      Paul discovered  that God counts only  “faith in Christ”  as a true righteousness.      So,  Paul’s highest goal became  getting to  “know Him,  and the power  of His resurrection”.

We get to  know  our Savior  through studying His word  to us  in the Bible.      There  we will come to realize  how very dearly  Christ loves us  and what a magnificent power  His resurrection  reveals.      God’s word  reveals  all that God wants us  to know  about our salvation,  so that  we can  know the truth  and the truth  can set us free  from all sorts of  “rubbish”  about our lives.      Instead of  being slaves  to our own self-righteousness  and sin,  we can become  the free children  of God.      John 1:12 describes this  for us,

But  as many as  received Him,  to them  He gave the right  to become  children of God,  even to those  who believe  in His name.

Here again,  it is emphasized  that believing  in His name  is  what makes us  a child of God — not our obedience to the law — not our good works — but only faith  in what Jesus has done.      We are not receiving Christ  into our hearts,  if we look to  our own efforts.      To  believe in His name  is  to totally trust  in all of God’s promises,  because He is holy  and He cannot lie.      His name  is His reputation  for truth,  almighty power,  love,  and faithfulness.

Receiving Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for showing us  the holiness  of Your name  throughout Your word,  so that we may  receive You  with complete trust.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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