“… not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith” (Philippians 3:9)
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
... Salvation is God’s gift. We do not earn God’s salvation. When we receive His gift of salvation, He changes us. He sends His Spirit into our hearts. He gives us a new desire to live for Him.
Let us join with Paul in magnifying “the grace of God.” May there be no room in our thinking for a “righteousness” that can “be gained through the law.” Let us rejoice in Jesus Christ who died for our sins – but let us never imagine that God forgives our sins and leaves us as we were before we came in faith to the Saviour: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Let us join with Paul in saying, “I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” – and may our life bring glory to the God of our salvation (Galatians 2:20-21).