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Summary: What things do we boast in? What things are we proud of? What things do we try to show God as making us acceptable?

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WHAT ARE WE BOASTING IN? (ANO ANG ATING NA IPINAGMAMALAKI)

Phil 3:1-14 [7-10]

BACKGROUND

Paul in prison in Rome (Si Pablo ay nasa bilangguan)

The Phil. Church sent a brother with a love gift : (Nagpadala ang simbahan ng regalo pag-ibig sa kanya)

Phil. Is a thank you letter (ito ay isang pasasalamat)

But, in it he mentions the Judaizers (nabanggit niya tungkol sa judaizers)

JUDAIZERS

Paul despised them.

“Dogs,” “Evil workers,” “Concision”

(“Mga aso,” “ang mga gumagawa ng masama,” “Ang mga putol ng laman”)

TAUGHT that being a Christian means RITUALS so people could go to heaven when they die

TAUGHT that people must make themselves ACCEPTABLE to God

TAUGHT you must be CIRCUMCISED and follow Jewish laws and practices (meats, days, times)

TAUGHT a system of “do’s” and “don’t’s” (RULES) so a person could go to heaven

Example: You must be circumcised / Don’t eat meat / You must observe the feasts / etc

We have the same today:

EXAMPLE: You must wear certain clothes / You must read a certain book / You must go to only one kind of church or only ONE church / You must pray a certain prayer / You must not eat certain foods / You must go to church on the Sabbath / etc. WHAT OTHER RULES CAN YOU THINK OF?

WHY FALSE TEACHING?

They IGNORED Eph 2:8-9 (by grace, not by works lest any man boast)

Gal 5:1 (liberty [kalayaan] in Christ)

They BOASTED in their human efforts (saved by works)

Complete OPPOSITE of what Paul taught : The Gospel of Christ

What is the Gospel?

John 3:16; Eph 2:8-9 – Salvation is FREE / by GRACE / NOT by works

Rom 3:20 (“Sapagka't sa pamamagitan ng mga gawa ng kautusan ay walang laman na aariing-ganap sa paningin niya; sapagka't sa pamamagitan ng kautusan ay ang pagkakilala ng kasalanan.”)

Gal 6:14 (“Bagama't naaalaman na ang tao ay hindi inaaring-ganap sa mga gawang ayon sa kautusan, maliban na sa pamamagitan ng pananampalataya kay Jesucristo, tayo rin ay nagsisampalataya kay Cristo Jesus, upang tayo'y ariing-ganap sa pamamagitan ng pananampalataya kay Cristo, at hindi dahil sa mga gawang ayon sa kautusan: sapagka't sa mga gawang ayon sa kautusan ay hindi aariing-ganap ang sinomang laman.”)

1Pe 3:18 (“Dahil si Cristo man ay minsang nagdusa dahil sa kasalanan. Ang matuwid para sa mga di matuwid upang madala niya tayo sa Diyos. Pinatay siya sa laman ngunit binuhay siya sa pamamagitan ng Espiritu.”)

So he says in verse 3:

We worship God in spirit, we rejoice in Christ Jesus, We have NO confidence in the flesh

SPIRIT: NOT any work of the flesh

CHRIST: NOT our works

No confidence in the flesh – abilities (“di nagtitiwala sa gawa ng tao”)

John 6:63 – The flesh profits nothing (“walang napapakinabangan ang laman)

WHAT DO WE BOAST IN TODAY? (To go to heaven; spiritually) / HOW CAN A PERSON GO TO HEAVEN?

Go to church / be baptized / join a certain kind of church / a certain denomination / take the Lord’s supper / pray a sinner’s prayer?


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