Did you and KellyJ actually read that whole chapter Jaywill? It is this same foolish idiotic grabbing of a few sentences from a whole chapter that makes your doctrine false.
I made no doctrinal statement. I simply echoed Kelly in the importance of Paul's attitude about the new covenant faith.
Please read the whole Chapter of Phil 3.
What is it you wish me to notice ?
This what you people do all the time. You latch on to one phrase in Romans that says accept Christ with your mouth and you will be saved and forget all the other teachings pertaining to eternal life.
I don't know what you wish me to notice. But I would mention that the Apostle Paul's wonderful attitude in chapter three he definitely holds out as a good standard of Christian maturity.
"Let us therefore, as many as are full-grown, have this mind; and if in anything you are otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you." (v.15)
The attitude that Paul expresses from verse 7 through 14 is what he recommends that all mature Christians should share. If you criticize his attitude it only exposes your infantile spiritual stature.
And I not quote the ENTIRE chapter only because it would make the post too long.
Likewise the 'righteousness is filthy rags' [from Isaiah] comment was taken totally out of context. Righteousness compared to what GOD HAS PREPARED FOR MAN, is filthy rags. Righteousness is still essential however filthy it is.
Paul said implied that on any given day he wanted to be "found in Him"
. He wanted to be found with his hands full of Christ, pre-occupied with Christ and living Christ.
Paul said that his pedigree of the past were dung, refuse, and dog food in comparison to the precious worth of the excellent knowledge of Christ. There was no comparison between the value of living in Christ with any good or bad works done by any system of ethics, especially the law of Moses.
He did not count himself to have arrived. But he did forget even his good experiences of just yesterday in order to keep stretching himself forward to know Christ in a deeper and deeper way.
"Not that I have already obtained or am already perfected, but I pursue, if even I may lay hhold of that for which I also have neeb laid hold of by Christ.
Brothers, I do not account of myself to have laid hold; but one thing I do; Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before,
I pursue toward the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward." (vs.12-14)
He doess not rest on his lurals.
He does not linger in his past good experiences, even Christian experiences.
He is always leaning forward to experience Christ in a deeper way.
He wants to "know Him"
and His resurrection power through all kinds of suffering. He wants to be conformed to His death that the self may be completely under the killing power of the cross and that he may live in Christ a his realm.
He does not count himself to have nothing more to gain.
On the contrary. He is still hungrey for more. He is still thristing to go deeper into knowing Jesus Christ.
After telling us of his quite mature attitude he recommends that all Christians who are mature should think similarly -
"Let is therefore, as many as are fullgrown, have this mind ..."
Are you studying Philippians stressing "this mind"
, Rakf999. Or are you stressing some other matter ? Paul says that if you are otherwise minded that God will reveal "this mind"
eventually also to you.
" ... and if in anything you are otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you."