Who is the Circumcision?
A. THE EXHORTATION MADE HERE IS NOT NEW.
B. NOT THAT THEY HAVE DISOBEYED JUST IN CASE.
A. DOGS SNAPPING, SNARLING LIKE DOGS, TROUBLEMAKERS(Acts 15:1 ).
B. EVIL WORKERS, FALSE TEACHERS, LEADING THE INNOCENT AWAY
( Gal. 3:1; 4:11; Col. 2:8 ).
C. CONCISION MUTILATORS, PREACHED MEANINGLESS CIRCUMCISION
( Gal. 5:6 ).
A. SYMBOLIZES COVENANT RELATION WITH GOD ( Gen. 17 ).
B. THEY WORSHIP BY THE SPIRIT ( John 4:24; 16:13 ).
C. JESUS IS THEIR GLORY CONTRAST THE JEWS ( Matt. 3:9 ).
D. NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH OUR RELATION TO GOD IS NOT
DEPENDENT ON PHYSICAL CIRCUMSTANCE ( Rom. 2:28-29 ).
1. Paul qualified in the flesh better than anyone ( Phil. 3:4-6 ).
2. To make this point he gave up all fleshly advantage ( vs. 7 ).
3. All is worthless compared to a knowledge of Jesus ( vs. 8; Matt. 13:44-46 ).
4. All things are sacrificed that he might gain Christ and be found in him.
Why is this desirable? ( vs. 8-9 ).
a. The Law of Moses demanded perfect compliance ( Gal. 3:10 ).
b. Nobody is perfect all sin ( Gal. 3:11-12 ). Even Paul.
c. Justification is only through Jesus and his sacrifice
( Gal. 3:13-14; 1 Pet. 2:21-24 ).
d. This righteousness is our through faith ( Gal. 3:14 ).
5. All things are sacrificed that I may know: ( Phil. 3:10 ).
a. him. Cant know God or Jesus with a worldly outlook
( John 8:23; 1 Cor. 2;14-16 ).
b. the power of his resurrection( Col. 2:13; 3:1; Rom. 6:4-5 ).
c. the fellowship of his sufferings ( Rom. 6:3, 6 ).
d. becoming conformed to his death ( Rom. 6:1-5 ).
e. vs. 11. That he might attain unto the resurrection Physical and Spiritual.
A. WE CANNOT REST ON OUR LAURELS ( vs. 13 ).
B. HE PRESSES ON, S T R E T C H I N G FORWARD, TO THE PRIZE.
1. Maturity and completeness as a Christian.
2. The heavenly home.
C. MATURE CHRISTIANS ARE TO HAVE THIS MIND ( vs. 15 ).
D. WE ARE TO DO OUR BEST WITH WHAT WE HAVE ( vs. 16 ).
A. CONTRAST OF JUDAIZERS ENEMIES OF THE CROSS ( vs. 18-19 ).
-- 1 John 2:15-17. They mind earthly things.
B. OUR HOME IS HEAVEN ( vs. 20-21 ). WE WAIT!
C. WHEREFORE, STAND FAST( 4:1 ).