1. We Serve by the Spirit of God
- When Paul uses the word WORSHIP, he isn't speaking simply of what we do on a Sunday morning gathering. He's speaking of "service" to God. He's talking about a life devoted to God and spiritual service.
- True Christians possess the Spirit
Romans 8:9 says; "You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him."
2. We Boast in Jesus Christ
- Paul adds here that the true people of God "boast in Christ."
- We don't get caught up in our earthly status or achievements or in our gifts. We praise God because only through him does any of this happen.
- We can't boast about salvation because it was a gift given to us.
- If you meet someone who claims to be a Christian but isn't making much of Christ, then you have a reason to be suspicious of their claim.
- Do you boast in Christ around your friends? Do you use your platform to make much of the name of Christ? Christians are known for all sorts of things. Let's Be known for boasting in Christ!
3. We Put No Confidence in the Flesh
- Don't put confidence in a ritual: It was circumcision for Jews; Often time it can be baptism for us today. Both good things but we can't put our confidence in these things as assurance of our salvation. Example, when you ask people the question: "When did you get saved?", often the response you will get is, "I was baptized on such and such date." Baptism is not salvation and pointing back to an event that happened in the past does not give you assurance of salvation now. We can't put confidence in baptism for our salvation.
- Don't put your confidence in family heritage: Nation of Israel; He had the privilege of being born a Jew but this special privilege didn't give him assurance of salvation, he still had to receive Christ. Today a lot of people are under the assumption that they are Christian because they had the privilege of being raise in church and parents are Christians. Reminds me of the saying: "Going to a garage, doesn't make me a mechanic." Going to church or who your family is does not have anything to do with you being saved.
- Don't put confidence in rank or social status: Tribe of Benjamin, prestigious, the well to do people. If you come from a great family or you have achieved social status then great. But the Bible tells us that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, regardless if it is here on earth while you have the chance to make a decision or when the Lord comes back and there is no second chance. Many who are exalted in this world today will one day be humbled because they have failed to bow down to Christ. Your social status doesn't matter and you won't be pampered like you are here on earth.
- Don't put confidence in Biblical knowledge: Pharisees were extremely well respected and knew the Bible front to back. Just because you know the Bible very well doesn't mean you are a Christian. We have a lot of people in churches today that can tell you all about what the Bible says but their hearts are still wicked and they don't strive to do what the Word says.
- Don't put your confidence in Religious Activities: Zealous, Paul persecuted the church. He thought he was doing the right thing. You can be passionate about something and be dead wrong. Our confidence comes from Jesus. A lot of people come every Sunday and Wednesday, maybe sing in the choir, teach a class, and they are counting on all these religious activities to get them to Heaven.
- Don't put your confidence in your moral lifestyle: Followed rules, did everything right on the outside.
- That is what Paul is telling us here...those are all treasures of a wasted life
- Christ is the only thing that counts!