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Author: Scott Foutz
Text : Philippians 3:4b-11 Title: Proposition: Christ alone is the foundation of the Christian's confidence. Introduction: "The Emperor's New Clothes" The Person Without Christ Relies Upon Advantages and Achievements (4-6) Advantages by Birth (4-5a) Parents' status and achievements (circumcised on 8th day) Nationality (of the people of Israel) Social prestige (of the tribe of Benjamin) Ethnic purity (a Hebrew of Hebrews) Personal Achievements (5b-6) Academic (a Pharisee) Religious motivation (persecutor of the Church) Living a good and successful life (faultless) Illustration: The Christian Relies Ultimately Upon Christ (7-11) In Christ We Experience a Radical Shift in Values (7-8) previous profits are now considered losses for Christ (7) everything now considered a loss compared to the greatness of knowing Christ (8a) all possible advantages and achievements considered refuse ito gain Christ (8b) Illustration: Christ replacing former structures. Application: In Christ We Find the Sole Source of True Life (9-11) True Life is being found in Christ (9): Justification "In Christ" (Co. 3:3-4) On Judgment Day: not having an inferior righteousness coming from our own obedience (9a) but having a superior righteousness coming from God through faith in Christ (9b) Illustration: Application: True Life is Knowing Christ (10): Sanctification By experiencing the power of Christ's resurrection Romans 6:4 = Jesus' resurrection is the source of our new life 2 Co 3:18 = Christ's risen glory transforms us into His likeness By participating in the fellowship of his sufferings Baptism (Ro 6:2b-3) being baptised into his death, we died to sin Breach with sin (Ro 6:6-7) crucified with him, freed from sin Physical suffering (Co 1:24) Spiritual disappointments & frustrations (2 Co 4:10-12) These becomes the means God uses to transform us into Christ's likeness Illustraion: Application: True Life is Attaining the Resurrection from the Dead (11): Glorification Resurrection gives meaning to suffering Ro 8:17 = sharing in his sufferings that we may share in his glory. Resurrection is the culmination of our spiritual pilgrimage (Romans 8:22-23) Conclusion: The Emperor's Clothes Being found clothed by Christ as we stand before God.