The Epistle To The Philippians Chapter 3:7-21 (11 of 16) by Harley Howard

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Paul's Epistle to the Philippians Chapter 3:7-21
(11 of 16)
Harley Howard

III. Man’s Righteousness (Practice of the Believer)

Since Christ is the God-man, his righteousness is of
infinite value, affording salvation for all who have
saving faith in Christ Jesus. This is what is referred
to as, "Imputed righteousness" or (justification).
Justification is that step in salvation in which God
declares the believer righteous, (crediting
righteousness to the believer’s "account"). Having
been declared righteous, the believer grows in the
likeness of Christ (being renewed in the image of God)
and BECOMES RIGHTEOUS IN ACTUAL MORAL CHARACTER, i.e.,
he becomes SANCTIFIED. Most theologians hold that
sanctification is progressive and not complete in this
earthly life. The NT also makes it clear that the one
who by faith is DECLARED RIGHTEOUS, ALSO BY FAITH
SEEKS TO DO THE DEEDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND GROWS IN
RIGHTEOUSNESS BY GOD’S GRACE.

Now let’s continue the third area of discourse
concerning the BEHAVIOR OF ONE WHO IS TRULY REDEEMED.
I submit to you 3 questions to ponder.

1.) Does a right relationship with God, positionally

2.) Can we conclude that redemption by faith produces
a redeemed behavior?

3.) If my life shows no supernatural changed towards
Godliness and/or righteousness, then should I assume
that I am not a believer?

The answer to all of these questions is a resounding
YES.

Romans 6:16-18

16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves
servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness?

This verse is absolutely clear that it is impossible
to be a slave to sin and to be a believer. If you are
a slave to sin, if you are under its power and
authority, if you continually yield to it, live in it,
enjoy it; it is because you are under the sentence of
spiritual death. If, on the other hand, yield yourself
to God ...


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