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When the Apostle talked about being found in Christ he described himself as at one time being without Christ. How did he know what it was to not be found in Christ?
He at one time was looking to his own righteousness, trusting in the deeds of his flesh. After being smitten down on the Damascus road, after having seen the Glory of Christ, after having heard his voice...then he said; I count all things that was at one time my hope, DUNG, GARBAGE, how could he turn his back on such a fine life of “living for God”?
How could he turn his back on his heritage, he was a Hebrew of Hebrews? How could he turn his back on his religious profession, that gave him such a good standing among his peers?
Those who know The Lord Jesus Christ, all who have seen Him by a revelation of the Holy Spirit they know the answer to these questions. Everyone, who has seen Christ, will also turn their back on all the hopes they had before. They will also count all their former religion but Dung and Garbage, they will be embarrassed that they ever had such high views of themselves and such low views of Christ Jesus The Lord.
It is impossible to see the Glory of Christ and to hear his voice as the Apostle did and still hold to an old profession that made salvation to be partly of you and partly of Christ.
The salvation the scriptures describe, make SALVATION TO BE OF THE LORD from start to finish. The salvation the scriptures describe, sets Christ on the throne, gives Him all the glory. Christ said, “I Am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (Jn.14).
Do you want to be found in Christ? Have you counted all before you believed Him as dung, as worthless not only in God’s sight, but also in your sight?
I tell you faithfully, but firmly, if you trust any deed you have done, if you have any hope of righteousness in your self, you WILL NOT BE FOUND IN CHRIST.