‘Brethren, I do not count
myself to have apprehended. But one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind and
reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I
press toward the goal for the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let us, as
many as are mature have this mind. And if in
anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even
this to you.’ ref/Philippians 3:13-15.
|Paul here speaks about
forgetting what is behind us and moving on to our
future life in Christ Jesus. Something special
is revealed when one’s Sinful past is left behind
and forgotten: ‘the New Man’. The New Man and the
New Woman in Christ is born (the Saint) and revealed
to the World to the Glory of God.
The New Birth occurs when a person Commits their
life to following the sayings/oracles of Christ
Jesus, and they bear Fruits worthy of
Repentance. They Renounce the previous life of
Sin and now long for Newness of life, living as a
Spiritually awakened Disciple of Jesus, now
bearing Fruit befitting their Repentance.
And all is well with Father, who art in Heaven …
ref/John 7:17, 1 John 1:9.
‘Old things have passed away; behold, all things
have become New.’ Now, what old things in
particular need to be discarded? The combined old
flesh trio is titled in short: LLP: Lust, Lust and
Pride. The apostle John wrote, ’For all that is
in the World, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but
is of the world. And the World is passing away and
lust of it.’.. ref/1 John 2:15-17.
We need to give up Selfish Worldly ambitions. Paul
the apostle said, ’Let nothing be done through
Selfish ambition.’ And if we have these
ambitions they are lusts of the flesh.
The Lust of the Eyes relates to: lust for the
immoral woman, and for a woman, the lust of
searching for a rich husband. She does not trust in
God, for she trusts in the temporary riches of this
Sin-filled World. Having a greedy eye is a Sin.
Jesus’ followers need to appreciate what they have.
‘And having food and clothing, with these
we shall be content,’ said St. Paul. Believers
need to forget about past dreams of obtaining
Saints are not called to be Millionaires. They
are called to be Spiritual
people, Saints-Otherworldly, who can
accept what they have and adapt and grow in any
challenging circumstance they encounter.
The Lust of the Flesh can be illustrated by
people wanting pleasure or power, maybe wanting to
be Materially rich and generally desiring Greatness
in the flesh. The psalmist David wrote that the Lord
was his shepherd, and he shall not want. Those who
are now satisfied with Christ Jesus are the people
who live their lives in the Spirit. Saints are not
hungry to become powerful men in the World. They do
not need a high income to sustain their living, and
they need not become famous and highly esteemed by
the Sin-Driven World .. ref/Luke 6: 26,46.
They are also not engaging in Sexual Immorality,
Tobacco smoking, Gambling, Drunkenness or Drug-
taking. They are not living to satisfy every desire
of their flesh. In fact, the Selfish do not taste
the Blessings of Christ Jesus. They are too
occupied with fulfilling their Empty Flesh-Led
The Pride of Life comes in a variety of
forms. There is Religious Pride, to begin with, St.
Paul, who was formerly called Saul, was very
successful in the Jewish Religion before he met
Jesus. He was very Proud of his Jewish Heritage and
was very Highly Esteemed by the honored Jewish
(hypocrites) leaders of his day. All of this Pride
in Religious Works, Tradition and Culture had to
change after Paul made the Life-Changing
Decision to believe in Christ and to Serve (obey)
him as his Lord.
In today’s Churches of Christendom, people are
paying top dollar for man-made Bible Ministry
Certificates. They take Pride in their Theological
Education and Achievements. Yet, they are not Called
into this course of action by Father. Young and Old
Christian men, women are proud of their
‘Denominational Heritage’ and claim to have been
born in The Church. Yet in the New Testament
writings, we do not find people Born in The Church,
for all were born of a woman in Sin. We
instead find mature adults giving up their Former
Religious lives of Sin and Idolatry and making
Conscious Decisions to become Born-Again Disciples
of Jesus. Now born of a Man, the Son of Man..
Jesus the Christ .. ref/John 3:5, Job 14:1.
In the secular World, the ‘Model Proud Man-Woman’
has a beautiful late model Car, and they own a
sizable House, with a white picket fence surrounding
it maybe. All in all, they have a high-paying job, a
nice house, abundant possessions, a loving wife and
family, even a good standing in the Community but
God is in none of their thoughts. Nor do
they Acknowledge Christ Jesus in any of their
ways. They earned all of this by their Self-Belief,
the hard labor of their flesh and the opportunity
they took within the economy they worked in. They
have possessions that are the Envy of the Town.
‘But what is Highly Esteemed among men (and
women) is an ABOMINATION in the sight of God.’
Believers in Christ need to forget their former
lives of ‘Sin and Self’ and press on with Messiah.
Sins are not the same as mistakes, (mistakes are
unconscious) and Christians need not worry about
past Mistakes. Humans are prone to making many
Mistakes. However, Sin is a Wilful Violation
against the Will of God. ‘Those who are
in the flesh Cannot please God.’ They
must surrender their lives to fulfill the Will of
Father in Heaven. They are not able to serve Christ
Jesus and live as ‘the Old Man; the Sinful man/woman
who follow all desires of the Selfish flesh’. The
New Man now needs to be revealed. Jesus said,
‘You are the light of the World. Let your light so
shine before men, that they may see your good works
and Glorify your Father in Heaven.’..