Nov. 19, 2020

What Does Philippians 3:2 Mean?

What Does Philippians 3:2 Mean?

Philippians 3:2 (NIV): Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.

In today's 2-minute Bible podcast, the Apostle Paul warns the believers in Philippi of certain groups of people that would bring trouble into the church.  

This message is just as applicable to us today. There will always be people that will try to convince you that what you believe is crazy. 

Check out this quick, but powerful Bible study to discover what Paul says to them and to us. 

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth

Paul begins Philippians chapter 3 by urging us to continually rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ. But why does he tell us this? Because, just like for the believers in Philippi, there are people who’ll try to steal your joy by telling you that you’re not good enough. That your salvation is dependent upon you doing something more. And Paul warns the believers in Philippi of this in verse 2 when he writes, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I love my dogs. In fact, my dog Katie is right here beside me keeping me company as I record this Bible study. Lol. But in Paul’s day, dogs were viewed as filthy, unclean animals that roamed the streets and fields, snapping and growling. They were wild scavengers that ate carcasses and even corpses. Jews would refer to Gentiles as dogs, but Paul turns it back on the Judaizers and basically says, “No, you are dogs.” Why? Because there were Jewish teachers who would literally follow right behind Paul, teaching the new followers of Christ that they weren’t truly saved until they’d gone through the religious rite of circumcision. Paul calls them mutilators of the flesh. 

You see, the Jews prided themselves on what they can do in the flesh to earn their salvation. But Paul tells us that’s wrong. It’s only by grace that we’re saved. It’s God plus nothing. It’s not God plus works. It’s not God plus being baptized a certain way. It’s not God plus two hours of prayer a day. It’s only by God’s grace and nothing more. YOU can’t do anything to add to it. And when you try to make it about you, you’re drawing attention away from Christ’s sacrifice and onto your sacrifice. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: Continue to find your joy in Jesus Christ alone. If you believe in your heart that Christ died on the cross for you, then you are saved. 

Hey, could you please share this message with someone God lays on your heart today. You never know whose life you’ll change by doing that. 

God bless you! I’ll see you soon!