are somehow responsible for choosing Christ. That somewhere in some corner of our hearts there is this place of pure goodness that suddenly wells up andsays "Yes!" to Christ. We want to believe that we are holy, obedient children. Weobey the letter of the Law so that we can say on that day, "We made it!" When infact, without the working of the Holy Spirit on the inner man, we would have runaway.This is the problem, says Paul, with teaching that we must add our ownobedience to grace for salvation. It lures us in to thinking we have arighteousness all our own before God, when in fact without the intercession of Christ before the throne, without the groanings of the Holy Spirit too deep tounderstand, our every effort is like menstrual rags before God; filthy and uselessfor anything but to be thrown in the fire.We cannot put our confidence in the flesh, in what we can accomplishthrough your own efforts! Paul says, place your confidence in Jesus Christ andhim alone. Only he can save. Only he can satisfy. Make your boast in ChristJesus, not yourself. Boasting in yourself is useless and I ought to know. For if anyone has a reason to boast it is me. Picking up in v.5.
....circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribeof Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
Paul runs off a pedigree that few can rival. He is no johnny-come-lately tothe God of Israel. He is a man who would make any Jewish mother proud! Infact, one might argue Paul as saying, "If anyone in the world knows about these