Who We Are – Those Who Glory in Christ Jesus
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“For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3)
The third part of Paul’s definition of who we are in Christ is this: we are the ones who glory in Christ Jesus. Now, no one wants to be needy. It’s hard to ask for help, let alone brag about our helplessness. We don’t want to admit that we need someone to rescue us, that we cannot do it on our own.
Yet, to glory in Christ Jesus means to boast that I need a savior. Not only do I acknowledge my sinfulness and my inability to save myself, but I actually take pleasure in letting the world know that I cannot reach God on my own, that Jesus Christ is the Savior whom I require.
And what a Savior he is! Almighty God became human. He suffered and was tempted as every human, yet was without sin. Then He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
That is why Paul could say, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16 -17)
May we join together proclaiming the words of the old hymn written by Philip Bliss, “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
Most Holy God, I want to take delight Jesus, my wonderful Savior. I acknowledge my need for a Savior and praise You, that You have fulfilled that need. I want to glory in Christ Jesus.
Questions: How will you boast about your need for Jesus today? Why is there no room for pride with this definition of who we are?
About this Author: Suzanne Benner