Pfieid., Paulin., i., p. 175; Hltzm[48]., N.T. Rather it often begins with the fading away of such ideas when they were present before. But this other righteousness is of God, as he says in the next clause, and its instrument is faith- διὰ πίστεως χριστοῦ. Romans 10:3. We abide with God in the forgiveness of sins. He says, that believers have no righteousness of their own. The righteousness of faith being the relation in which, through Christ, he found himself standing to God, fixed at the same time his relation to all Christian benefits, including, as a principal element, conformity to the likeness of Christ. Every genuine aspect of this revelation takes its significance from its disclosure of God. We may call it a “forensic” word, for certainly there always lies behind it the idea of a standard appointed by God, a law, the expression of the Divine will. 3 “then Hezekiah trusted in his works and had hope in his righteousness”. Philippians 3:9 And be found in him This is another end the apostle had in view, in counting all things loss and dung, and suffering the loss of all for Christ. The qualifying words here show what Paul has in view.— . We could say that we reach heaven not by walking up a set of stairs but by riding an elevator. The imperfection on our part is, indeed, only exceeded by the condescension on His. The battle is now virtually won, and it only needs to complete the victory. To know Christ in these must be the true knowledge of Him. Philippians 3:13 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. Romans 3:3; Romans 4:16). (186) For here that saying (187) is admirably in point — “I had been lost, if I had not been lost.” But as the verb εὐρίσκομαι , while it has a passive termination, has an active signification, and means — to recover what you have voluntarily given up, (as Budaeus shews by various examples,) I have not hesitated to differ from the opinion of others. Philippians 3:9 and may be found (1SAPS) in Him, not having (PAPMSN) a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith ( NASB: Lockman) Greek: kai he ure tho ( 1SAPS) en auto, me echon ( PAPMSN) emen dikaiosunen ten ek nomou alla ten dia pisteos Ch ristou, ten ek th eou dikaiosunen epi te pistei. The subjective particle μή is used, because the absence of his own righteousness is a mental conception, is expressed as purpose, and not as an actual fact. "Who is a God like unto Thee?" Trembling, therefore, in his conscience, as feeling that the wrath of God was revealed against him, and all unjustified sinners in a broken law, and knowing that he must sink for ever under the terrible indignation of the Almighty, if he had no covering for his needy, naked soul but his own righteousness, he fled out of it to find justification and acceptance, mercy and peace in the righteousness of Christ. It is of weight with Paul that this righteousness of faith, arising for him who is "found" in Christ, is founded for us in the atonement. ""Faith" is the very opposite of human works; it is the reception of God"s work by those who acknowledge the futility of their own efforts to attain righteousness.". Paul"s vision turned again to the future and the judgment seat of Christ. It is likely he means that he will lay hold of it when he goes to be with Jesus, whether through death, or the return of Christ. Besides, in such a case, as Meyer remarks, ἐν αὐτῷ would be superfluous. The righteousness which is “through Jesus Christ,” “not” (as St. Paul says below, Philippians 3:9) “our own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God,” is clearly the likeness of Christ, and therefore in itself an all-sufficient fruit. His own merit rested on his own righteousness as the Mosaic Law defined it. It is a union as close, tender, vital, and constant, as between the members and the head-a union effected and perpetuated by the Spirit of God,-the same Spirit dwelling in Christ and in all who are His. Apparently Christ Himself came into the inheritance which He holds for us, by an order of things which it was imperative on Him to regard, and by a history which He must fulfil. Verse 7. Th., ii., pp. "This poor man cried," and the Lord heard him. The law, therefore, pronounces the man to be righteous through works. To this objection we demur. 9. "And be found in him, 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. Cf.Galatians 2:17, ’ .— . Romans 3:20-23). “In this case,” as Wiesinger asks, “would not ἔχων have been repeated?” Meyer objects that the connection of this righteousness with faith has been already described by διὰ πίστεως χ., and that it would be mere repetition to join ἐπὶ τῇ πίστει to δικαιοσύνην. καὶ εὑρεθῶ ἐν αὐτῷ—“And be found in Him.” The verb is not to be taken with an active sense, as it is taken by Calvin-et inveniam in ipso-thus explained, Paulum renunciasse omnibus quoe habebat, ut recuperaret in Christo. This relation to Himself God has founded for us sinful men in Christ, and specially in His atonement. 1 Paul,aanapostleofChristJesusbbythewillofGod,andTimothycourbrother, 2 Tothedsaintsandfaithfulbrothers1inChristatColossae: eGracetoyouandpeacefromGodourFather. God is ours in Christ; therefore religion, true religion, may begin and go on. Be found in him (Ephesians 2:6) - as the element of my life, at His coming again. It was His faithfulness that made Him all sufficient as a satisfactory sacrifice (compare Hebrews 10:5-10). PHIL. The righteousness which is of God, by faith. The faith or basis of faith in this verse includes more than mere mental assent, because the New Testament links acceptance with God (righteousness), to repentance (Acts 2:38); confession (Romans 10:9-10) and baptism (Mark 16:16). The entire process implies his guilt, but he is no longer exposed to the penalty; he is held, or dealt with, as a righteous person, “the external justice of Christ Jesus being imputed to him.” And the result is- οὓς δὲ ἐδικαίωσε, τούτους καὶ ἐδόξασεν. The only way to find favor with God is to humbly submit, in obedient faith to the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-26). as connected with God, the Judge of men. He thus, in a general way, places man’s merit in opposition to Christ’s grace; for while the law brings works, faith presents man before God as naked, that he may be clothed with the righteousness of Christ. #1 “Brothers and sisters,” A common way for the authors of the New Testament to start a section, the Greek is “brothers,” but the meaning of brothers in the context is everyone, brothers and sisters. of a life whose manifestations agree with the standard by which lives are tried. Choose a verse from 'Philippians 2' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org ... Search Tools. It is not a righteousness which he can win by legal observances. Romans 3:24. Whatever is in the past is in the past. . 9.Found in him—Now, by both God and men, in him, as the element in whom the soul lives and moves. Through faith in Christ, as the subjective medium, is this righteousness enjoyed or received by all who are found in Him. [Romans 10:3]. As to both of these we have in the present day a great controversy with Papists; for on the one hand, they do not allow that the righteousness of faith is altogether from God, but ascribe it partly to man; and, on the other hand, they mix them together, as if the one did not destroy the other. Now just so Christian religion does not begin with a consciousness of deserving something, or an idea that by taking pains we may deserve something, may single ourselves out for at least some modest share of favourable recognition. But in the righteousness of faith he apprehended all blessings as stretching out their hands to, him, because through Christ they ought to be his. He tells the origin of his own righteousness, and then he contrasts it with evangelical righteousness, not in its origin, but in its means- διὰ πίστεως. ESV Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. ависимости от Иисуса Христа как необходимое требование для того, чтобы войти в Царство Божье (см. That is to say, the new relation is not represented as a relation created for us by a mere Divine fiat that it shall be so. пояснение к Рим. is securely founded on faith in Christ ( .). RIGHTEOUSNESS is a term which is applied in different ways. This righteousness- δικαιοσύνη-which the apostle aspired to possess, is the only ground of acceptance with God. They (and the apostle had been one of them) had a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. This way of being related to God is called God’s righteousness, or righteousness "from God," because it is not set up by us, but by God’s grace, through the redeeming work of Christ ("being justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus"- Romans 3:24). One originates in, ; the result of personal obedience to the law’s commands, as possessing power or merit toward procuring acceptance with God; the latter is obtained through, , inspired by God, on account of the merit of Christ, and through, as the condition. And this is true also of Christian religion. God had a plan for him. thus comes to be God’s gracious way of dealing with us, “forgiveness with the Forgiver in it” (Rainy, op. He had made his choices in life since his conversion because of the essential value of getting to know Christ better and because God would evaluate his life one day. His own righteousness was out of the law, or originated by the law, and it was through his own effort that he obtained it, for the pronoun ἐμή has in itself the notion of διά. Philippians 3. It is the first article in which he celebrates the worth of the knowledge of Christ; no doubt, because he felt it transforming his whole moral and spiritual experience; and, in particular, because it contrasted so vividly with the nugatory righteousness of earlier days. Philippians 3:9. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Philippians 1:3-11. He did not come to this decision by a snap opinion. All religion aims at fellowship with God; and in Christian religion that fellowship becomes real and authentic in Christ. Philippians 3:9 9 and be found in Him, not having o my own righteousness, which is from the law, but p that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; Read more Share Copy If you follow the suggestions above, you will begin to see distinct sections that are all united by common themes. In both cases a common relation is recognised, under which individuals are found existing; and in either case it traces up to the one-to Adam or to Christ. 3:3 For we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit {and} by the Spirit of God and exult {and} glory {and} pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence {or} dependence [on what we are] in the flesh {and} on outward privileges {and} physical advantages {and} external appearances--. Righteousness which is of God by faith - `which is from [ ek (Greek #1537)] God, (resting) upon [ epi (Greek #1909)] faith.' So that δικαιοσύνην ἐπὶ τῇ πίστει forms really one complex idea, and the non-repetition of the article before ἐπί is no valid objection. The path to salvation and acceptance is the path of forgiveness (Romans 4:1-8). As he saw, and bowed, and trusted, he became conscious of a new access and nearness to God Himself; he passed into the fellowship of God’s dear Son; he found acceptance in the Beloved. God, strictly marking sin, might condemn men absolutely, because all have sinned. The harmony with God on which he has entered becomes, in some degree, matter of consciousness for himself. It was a ‘gift of righteousness’ based on Christ’s obedience (Romans 5:17; Romans 5:19). And if you seek for its nature and adaptation, it rests ἐπὶ τῇ πίστει-on faith. Whatever difficulties may be felt to attach to this passage, the Apostle’s doctrine of the righteousness of faith must be understood so as to agree with the way of thinking which the passage expresses. "And be found in him, 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." It is important because it has gotten him to the present moment where everything he once valued in Judaism and religiousness he now considers worthless compared to knowing Christ. But forgiveness, "in Christian religion, is forgiveness with the Forgiver in it. In Christ a relation to God appears, made good, maintained, and verified, in which He gathers to Himself and comprehends all true believers: "for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren." Philippians 3:14 Commentary. A very strong foundation has been laid for those who flee for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before them in the gospel. They pass over the context, however, in a very indifferent manner, as though it had no peculiar force. His very next thought is to “Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.” How might the influence of these people keep the Philippians … Alford renders “on my faith,” but the phrase seems to be a portion of a general definition. (See Ephesians 2:8-10, and Note thereon. 2. In Christ believers are graced with entrance into an order of salvation divinely strong and durable. The sinner is not indeed held by any legal fiction to be innocent. 2. ep. The one he speaks of as belonging to the man, while he calls it at the same time the righteousness of the law; the other, he tells us, is from God, is obtained through faith, and rests upon faith in Christ. All that is needful to ground and vindicate that most gracious relation is found in Christ, who of God is made unto us righteousness; in whom we hold the righteousness which is of God on faith. As a traveler overtaken by a violent thunderstorm gladly flies to a house by the wayside wherein he may find shelter from the lightning-stroke and the sweeping rain; or as a ship threatened with a hurricane bends every sail to reach the harbor of refuge in time, so does the soul terrified by the thunders and lightnings of God"s righteous law, seek for shelter in the wounded side of Jesus, and hide itself beneath his justifying obedience. Verse 8. He is "accepted in the Beloved.’" He is "constituted righteous," [Romans 5:19] and his intercourse with his Heavenly Father regulates itself accordingly, he being justified "from-or upon-his faith." Verse 13. That Is given through faith. It springs from God. cit., p. 231), the relation with God into which we are brought by His grace for Jesus’ sake, regarded more or less as an activity of His, practically = salvation (which, already in O.T., rested upon the rectitude of God’s character, see, e.g., Isaiah 51:5-8, Psalms 98:2). Such is its peculiar nature, that its effect is made to depend upon faith; therefore by faith is it realized and appropriated. It is the ‘yes’ of the whole personality to the fact of Christ” (p. 141). 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. [Romans 4:24]. He saw the Son of God in His life, death, and resurrection. instantaneously opposition to Pharisaic Judaism took the place of opposition to the Gospel. NLT No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. , as the element in whom the soul lives and moves. Explanation and Commentary of Philippians 3:13. The preposition might also be rendered ‘upon.’ And this more literal rendering perhaps brings out most nearly the sense which seems to be ‘on the condition of faith.’ But since He who bestows the faith is also God (cf. God's providence fitly prepared him for overthrowing legal justification. When we do awaken to it, our whole religious attitude towards God takes character from it, and is to be ordered accordingly. The fulness of blessing had not yet come into possession and experience. 'The righteousness of faith,' in Paul's sense, is the righteousness of Christ appropriated by faith, as the objective ground of confidence, and also as a new subjective principle of life. The apostle had felt how vain such a righteousness was, as he has shown in Romans 3:19-20; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 2:21; and he regarded his being found in Christ as utterly imcompatible with such a personal and legal righteousness. For, in this way, the meaning will be more complete, and the doctrine the more ample — that Paul renounced everything that he had, that he might recover them in Christ; and this corresponds better with the word gain, for it means that it was no trivial or ordinary gain, inasmuch as Christ contains everything in himself. of faith as something very wonderful. Once lost, I have been "found;" and I hope to be perfectly "found" by Him (Luke 15:8). Hence we must carefully examine the several words made use of by Paul, for there is not one of them that is not very emphatic. The platform he hoped to reach by the efforts of a lifetime is already under his feet. That being so we would have to translate here ‘through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ’, indicating that it is because He was obedient (Philippians 2:8) that we can be covered with His righteousness (Romans 5:19). Christian religion is a practical matter, -a question of improved dispositions, improved habits, and improved prospects. Verse 11. Pelag. We need not conceal from ourselves, however, that many find the doctrine thus ascribed to Paul unacceptable. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Philippians 3:9-11 Commentary. In earlier days Paul sought righteousness-an approved and, accepted standing with God-by the works of the law. Cf. He would have emerged from his task a man stamped as righteous, and fit to be treated accordingly. However, let us emphatically note that it is as "in Christ," "found in Him," the Apostle possesses this form of well-being. He now realized that such was a vain task, for nobody ever keeps the law perfectly (Romans 3:23; Romans 7:8-11). Philippians 3:9 Context. If you read it in the passive voice, an antithesis must be understood — thatPaul was lost before he was found in Christ, as a rich merchant is like one lost, so long as he has his vessel laden with riches; but when they have been thrown overboard, he is found? By faith, or, upon faith, shows it to be God’s plan to bestow acceptance on the condition of faith in his Son. The Apostle’s course of thought has not led us to raise any question about the nature and the virtue of the faith which apprehends and receives the righteousness of God. Philippians 3:9 Forgiveness of sins was to arise out of an order of grace, embodied in history-namely, in the history of the Incarnate Son of God; and we are not entitled to take for granted it could fitly arise otherwise. On that day Paul wanted to be found "in Him," namely, standing in the merit of Christ rather than in his own merit. NKJV 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. "Through this Man is preached to us the forgiveness of sins." And therefore, looking to that dreadful time, and the solemnities of that day of judgment, that day of wonders, this was the desire of his soul—and towards that he pressed forward, as an active runner presses towards the goal—"that he might be found in him;" that when the Lord comes a second time to judgment, and his eyes run over the assembled myriads, he might be found in the Man who is "a refuge from the storm, and the shadow of a great rock in a weary land," the only Savior from the wrath to come, which will one day burst upon the world. Physical life is dependent on respiration; therefore by respiration is it sustained. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. It is part of what is divinely held out to us, as life or well-being in Christ. Hence also this Christian benefit, though it is distinguishable, is not separated radically from the other benefits. 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