MWM: A Model Legalist

Growing up in Nebraska, you don’t have a choice about your favorite college football team. GO BIG RED! You are born a fan. I’ve heard it is rare for anyone to ever live in Nebraska (even if you aren’t born there) without their blood changing to Husker red. The Huskers genuinely have the greatest fans in college football, even if we have been whining a bit more than usual this year. The Apostle Paul had an identity than ran deeper than Husker nation. He was a pure-blood citizen of Israel from the best stock the nation had to offer, and he strived to live a strict life in complete obedience to the law of God. He was the best legalist in the history of the Jewish nation! Or so he thought. What would drive this super Hebrew to declare his actions and zeal were worthless (Philippians 3:7)? It started with the realization that no amount of human effort could earn him favor with God. That is where we must begin too. We must realize our desperate need for the mercy and grace of God. Paul, the legalist, had to die to himself. We must also die to self-effort. 

Philippians 3:5: “I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.”

#MinuteWithMaxon #MWM #Philippians

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