Ever wonder why we sin? You probably think “well, it’s inevitable – it’s just our human nature” – and for unbelievers, this is true. Until about a week and a half ago I thought this went for everybody, unbelievers and believers alike. Sin is just what we do, right? Wrong! We all sin because we love sin! When we come to believe in Christ, however, God gives us His righteousness; this makes us free from the bondage of sin. In Christ, we are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness. This means that sin is a choice, and that every time we sin, we are choosing to love our sin more than we love Christ. It’s a great comfort to know that Christ has set us free from sin, but it’s difficult to admit that we would willingly choose anything over God. God has given us His righteousness through belief in His Son, enabling us to choose His way rather than the sinful way of the world, but time and time again, we pick the world’s way. This realization should change us! I know it has changed the way I pray over the last week! Rather than simply asking forgiveness for my sin, I can praise God that He has set me free from sin, and ask Him to forgive me for choosing sin over Him and that He would help me to walk in the righteousness He has already given me.
If you’re reading the Bible with me, the next two books are 1 & 2 Corinthians – you can read both in about an hour and forty-five minutes.
Main Idea: Paul writes to the Philippians, urging them to rejoice in all circumstances. Though Paul is in prison during the writing of this book, he rejoices in the preaching of the Gospel, encourages the believers to walk in Christ, in unity, and in contentment, and emphasizes that their righteousness is found in Christ.
Reason Written: Paul writes this friendship letter to thank the Philippians for their gift of support. He regards them as friends, urging them to be unified, rejoice in the Lord, and be content regardless of their circumstances.
TT: Believers are to be content, regardless of the circumstances (Philippians 4:11-13).
Main Idea: Christ is righteousness for those who have faith in Him, regardless of Jew/Greek status.
Reason Written: When the Jews returned after having been kicked out of Rome, they attempted to claim their privileges back from the Gentiles. Paul writes to assert that regardless of whether a believer is Jew/Greek, they are equal in Christ, as Christ is their righteousness.
TT: Believers are no longer slaves to sin, but are called to live lives of righteousness (Romans 6:16-18).