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How do you put confidence in the flesh?


For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. Philippians 3:3-6
            Paul used that phrase “confidence in the flesh” when talking about the argument of circumcision.  Many Jews who became Christian wanted to involve the Jewish practice of circumcision into the Christian life, saying a person needed to be circumcised first before becoming a Christian.  In this way they were putting “confidence in the flesh” to be saved.
            Paul said he was the best example of someone who put confidence in the flesh.  He too was circumcised, went through Hebrew school, knew the law inside and out and became a religious leader (Pharisee).  Then he went on and persecuted the church before getting saved.
            Paul understood the attraction of putting our faith in ourselves to save ourselves which is what people always want to do.  Anytime we put confidence in the flesh, in the world, in our own actions, we take away confidence in Jesus Christ.
            We have become right with God through faith, not flesh.  All our confidence is in Jesus.