NOT HAVING MY OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS

Philippians 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Matthew Henry:

We are undone without a righteousness wherein to appear before God, for we are guilty.

There is a righteousness provided for us in Jesus Christ, and it is a complete and perfect righteousness.

None can have interest or benefit by it but those who come off from confidence in themselves, and are brought heartily to believe in him.

Not having my own righteousness, which is of the law;

not thinking that my outward observances and good deeds are able to atone for my bad ones, or that by setting the one over against the other I can come to balance accounts with God.

No, the righteousness which I depend upon is that which is through the faith of Christ, not a legal, but evangelical righteousness: The righteousness which is of God by faith, ordained and appointed of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord our righteousness, Isa. 45:24; Jer. 23:6.

Had he not been God, he could not have been our righteousness; the transcendent excellence of the divine nature put such a value upon, and such a virtue into, his sufferings, that they became sufficient to satisfy for the sins of the world, and to bring in a righteousness which will be effectual to all that believe.

Faith is the ordained means of actual interest and saving benefit in all the purchase of his blood. It is by faith in his blood, Rom. 3:25.

Barnes:

And be found in him – That is, united to him by a living faith. The idea is, that when the investigations of the great day should take place in regard to the ground of salvation, it might be found that he was united to the Redeemer and depended solely on his merits for salvation;

Not having mine own righteousness – That is, not relying on that for salvation. This was now the great aim of Paul, that it might be found at last that he was not trusting to his own merits, but to those of the Lord Jesus.

Which is of the law –

The “righteousness which is of the law” is that which could be obtained by conformity to the precepts of the Jewish religion, such as Paul had endeavored to obtain before he became a Christian.

He now saw that no one complied perfectly with the holy law of God, and that all dependence on such a righteousness was vain.

All people by nature seek salvation by the law.

They set up some standard which they mean to comply with, and expect to be saved by conformity to that.

With some it is the law of honor, with others the law of honesty, with others the law of kindness and courtesy, and with others the law of God.

If they comply with the requirements of these laws, they suppose that they will be safe, and it is only the grace of God showing them how defective their standard is, or how far they come from complying with its demands, that can ever bring them from this dangerous dependence.

Paul in early life depended on his compliance with the laws of God as he understood them, and supposed that he was safe. When he was brought to realize his true condition, he saw how far short he had come of what the law of God required, and that all dependence on his own works was vain.

But that which is through the faith of Christ – That justification which is obtained by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ; …

WHILE THERE’S STILL TIME …

Hell is a real place and when the truth of the Scriptures affects our hearts as it should we will witness that truth to others, while there’s still time …

Luke 16-27-31 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

“and indeed, the word of God, read, explained, and heard, is the ordinary means of conversion, or of bringing men to faith and repentance.”

Gill Commentary:

They have Moses and the prophets; that is, their writings; which shows this man, and his five brethren, to be Jews; for to them were the oracles of God committed; and these had the writings of Moses and the prophets read to them every sabbath day; …

let them hear them; for they testified concerning Christ, …

and which, testimony was sufficient to leave them without excuse: …

and indeed, the word of God, read, explained, and heard, is the ordinary means of conversion, or of bringing men to faith and repentance.

THIS ONE THING …

We daily see and hear of those who have entered eternity, some suddenly and unexpectedly.  May it prompt our own hearts be more fully focused on the Lord and also to clearly share the gospel with those within our sphere of influence.  There are many promises in the Bible, but tomorrow is not one of them.

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, …

Barnes Commentary:

This one thing I do – Paul had one great aim and purpose of life. He did not attempt to mingle the world and religion, and to gain both. He did not seek to obtain wealth and salvation too; or honor here and the crown of glory hereafter, but he had one object, one aim, one great purpose of soul. To this singleness of purpose he owed his extraordinary attainments in piety, and his uncommon success as a minister.

A man will accomplish little who allows his mind to be distracted by a multiplicity of objects. A Christian will accomplish nothing who has not a single great aim and purpose of soul. That purpose should be to secure the prize, and to renounce everything that would be in the way to its attainment. Let us then so live that we may be able to say, that there is one great object which we always have in view, and that we mean to avoid everything which would interfere with that.

Clarke Commentary:

This one thing I do – This is the concern, as it is the sole business, of my life

Forgetting those things which are behind – My conduct is not regulated nor influenced by that of others; I consider my calling, my Master, my work, and my end. If others think they have time to loiter or trifle, I have none: time is flying; eternity is at hand; and my all is at stake.

Matthew Henry Commentary:

The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be.