August 26, 2018
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20
Basically, Paul lived a life of working his way to heaven before he met the Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). Legalism is a terrible thing, a harsh task master under which no one can succeed.
To be found in Jesus, Paul says, is worth more than all my religion, race, and ritual, all my Pharisee-ism and culture. It’s not just knowledge of Jesus or fellowship with Jesus but righteousness through Jesus. Paul says, “I’m tired of trying to work my way to Heaven. I’m going to start trusting, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Phil. 3:9).
It is a relationship with Jesus. Liberty, not legalism, is what the Lord Jesus Christ offers. Freedom, not bondage. Relationship, not religion. We give up nothing for which Jesus will not abundantly offer more than we could ever hope or dream.
Read Colossians 3:11. What does it mean for Christ to be your “all in all”?