Leaving Our Pasts Behind Us

October 4, 2009 at 8:02 Leave a comment

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost of all things.  I consider rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that cames from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of the his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

No that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But on thing I do: Forgetting what is behind straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.   Philippians 3:7-14

Paul is here leaving behind all his self righteousness that he thought he had attained by becoming a Pharisee.  The opposite is also true, we need to leave behind the abuse we suffered and the sins we are a shamed of  that haunted every waking day.   For us as Christians we press on toward Christ our righteousness trying to attain a life with Christ Jesus.  Christianity is past oriented when we look back at the law, the Lord’s actions for and against Israel and to what Christ did for us on the cross.  Christianity is also present oriented trying to keep in step with the Holy Spirit each day.  Christianity is future oriented in which we strive to become like Jesus Christ looking to the ressurection and our eternal home.  

Paul tells us here that all his learning, his status, all of the attainments he had earned before meeting Christ is now dung or rubbish compared to knowing Jesus Christ.   When Christ rescues us from our selves our sinful pasts are now more.  We still need to work through the emotional trauma by looking at what Christ has done for us and relying on God’s promises to us.   No matter how badly you were abuse or how you many “big” sins you commited they disapear when Christ enters our lives.   The history of our abuse or our sins does not disappear however, they no longer have any impact in our present lives because we are relying on Christ’s righteousness he gave us.  When the Gospel changes us we depend not on what we have done but what Christ has done for us. 

In the book of Matthew chapter 6 Jesus tells us not to worry about the nessecities of life and then he says in 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.  

All the promises in the Bible are answered in Jesus Christ.

Read the book  Hebrews and the book of Revelation.


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