Philippians 3:5
Deep Roots

5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

The false teachers were examples of people we should avoid. The apostle Paul was an example to follow. He had all the credentials the false teachers said were necessary for salvation and righteousness before God. He was Jewish and could trace his ancestry back to Benjamin, so he could boast in his pedigree if he wanted to. He was steeped in the self-righteous tradition of the Hebrews and as a Pharisee was above the rank and file as to religious testimony. As far as the law was concerned, he would have been considered a perfect man outwardly. But all that tradition was worthless as far are true righteousness before God.

It started with Abraham; a separation to God
A covenant known only to the two persons involved
John the Baptist and Jesus, now the apostle Paul
Forever reminded of Him who them called.

Born into Jewish privilege, of that there’s no doubt
Not a proselyte but a Benjaminite with a deep root
The nation’s first king was one; he was a shoot
Even Jerusalem itself was on Benjamin’s route.

In language and culture, lifestyle and attitude
His background was deeply impressed on his mind
Even in religion as a Pharisee, he proved
His pedigree; his roots were as deep as you’d find.

No matter how deeply rooted a person might be
In the kingdom of God, there’s a need deeper still
Genuine faith in Christ others can’t see
But the results of that faith have a message to tell.

Known to God and worked out through living
The roots in God’s kingdom start out at new birth
All of one’s assets, one’s labor, one’s giving
When done for God’s glory establishes their worth.

Our roots are in God now, heritage is shallow
The roots that bring life and its results to full fruit
Are deeply implanted in a life that’s eternal
Life-flowing nectar flows through an in-grafted shoot.

Though from a family of faith I still have the choice
Of letting God’s grace through me to others flow
I appreciate my family roots, but I’ll give my voice
To the roots deep in God, and from Him I can grow.

“I thank Thee Father, for my forbearers who had a real sense of God in their lives. I saw their example and learned that I needed Thee and Thee alone for divine life. I thank Thee now for eternal life, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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