Three Faces of Righteousness

Philippians 3:1-14

Introduction:  Only the righteous will enter Heaven, but there are three different and distinct kinds of righteousness.  Which one(s) do you identify with?

  • An Illegitimate Righteousness – v. 1-6

o   Regarding his heritage – impeccable

o   Regarding his religiosity – blameless

o   Regarding his advocacy of Israel – zealous

§  John 14:1-6

 

  • An Imputed Righteousness – v. 7-11

§  2 Corinthians 5:21

§  James 2:10

  •  An Implemented Righteousness – v. 12-14

§  Ephesians 2:8-10

§  I Timothy 1:15

§  2 Timothy 4:6-7

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Fools as Tools

I Corinthians 1:26-31

Every Christian is called to "salvation and service."  While those individuals who are called to the vocational ministry have a special call, a Christian fireman, educator, or sales clerk have all also been called and should work as unto the Lord. 

1.  Consider God's chosen People - v. 26    also referenced I Samuel 16:7
2.  Consider God's chosen Plan - v. 27-28
3.  Consider God's chosen Purpose - v. 29-31
        also referenced Romans 4:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Jeremiah 9:23-24
     a.  Righteousness
     b.  Sanctification
     c.  Redemption

God likes to take ordinary People, and do extraordinary things through them (Plan), so He gets all the glory (Purpose)!