Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ
The Apostle Paul had a great fear. It was this: that Jesus would find Him doing his church “to-do” list, instead of engaging in a love relationship with Him.
The Old Covenant always gives us plenty of things for our “to-do” list. All of them are instructions for behavior modification; things that will supposedly please God.
This may be considered one form of righteousness, but it is not God’s kind. In fact Paul feels so strongly about how terrible it is for us to set up our own form of righteousness apart from God’s , that he even calls it “rubbish”, or according to more accurate versions, “dung”, or “poop”!
Yet most Christians go to church to find out what they are doing wrong so that they can try to improve and attain to a changed life.
The only trouble with engaging in that kind of church, is that the Christian life isn’t supposed to be a changed life; it is an exchanged life!
Church has become a church of people who have perfected phoniness. When someone actually tells the truth in church, they are so shocked; because everyone is playing the church game of trying to look good, whilst failing miserably at their “to-do” lists.
It’s a place of bondage. Trying hard to keep even the ten commandments, it’s no wonder that Christians are stinky, since they are wallowing in the poop; believing that their Christianity is all about dying to self, acting right and becoming holy, when they have no business with any of these things.
A real Christian is someone who has already been crucified with Christ, and who has received Jesus as not only his righteousness, but also his sanctification.
True Christianity isn’t even primarily about right behaving; it is about right believing. It isn’t first and foremost a moral code, it is a passion for the person of Jesus Christ, a man full of grace and truth.
It’s time for a new dispensation. It’s time to usher in true revelation of the New Covenant. It’s a time for believers to be set free to enjoy the privileges of their faith.
It’s time for the reign of grace and truth.