What is Up for a Dog?

Based on Philippians 3:1-6

Philippians 3.1-6Is your heart circumcised and clean to enter upon the streets of gold? Paul has warned:

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.”

I remember when I used to walk through the halls of school giving props and saying, “What’s up dog?” to all of my peers–many still do the same. These were the same days you would always find some type of drug on my possession, or blasting loud beats out of my car, or chasing females. Have you ever considered what the Lord of life has showed us concerning dogs? The roots tell us that a dog is one with an impure mind, or worse, a male prostitute or Sodomite. The dogs of old were mangy creatures, and vicious when hungry. Scripture foretold that Jesus would be surrounded by them in His humiliation (Ps. 22:16) and that nobody bearing the spirit of a dog will enter unto the streets of gold (Rev. 22:15). While many even in the church may think it a light thing to go around calling their acquaintances such, it is no light matter, for that manner of spirit will never enter into the presence of God. So, to answer the question, “What is up for a dog?”–fire from Heaven (Rev. 20:9). But as God saved such a wretch as myself was out of the deep mire of uncleanness, He can certainly do it to any who turn to Him with all of their heart and turn from their perverse ways through repentance.

Paul warns us not to put any confidence in the flesh, that is what our own works can do (verse 3). If any man could boast, as an Israelite, of what he was, it could have been Paul. Circumcision was looked upon as an act that merited Heaven for the Jew, but Paul, downplaying the Jewish obeisance to their own works, spoke of such as those of the concision, or mutilation. Paul declared what true circumcision was: “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

May you truly be circumcised from the filthiness of the flesh,

Jeffrey Maxwell


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