I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin–a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. Philippians 3:5 NLT
Dodger and Echo are purebred English Pointers who are being adopted together. They have been rescued by PRO (Pointer Rescue Organization) who takes in purebred English Pointers. They save the pups and then find foster and adoptive homes for the dogs to have a happily ever after.
Purebred means that the dogs are bred from parents of the same breed or variety. Their ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed. These two English Pointers needed a forever home but they come with the bonus of being purebreds. Something they can wag their tails and strut their stuff about at the dog park.
In Philippians 3, Paul tells us to boast in Jesus Christ not in ourselves. He says in verse 3 to put no confidence in the flesh. He then tells us that if we have qualifications, he has even more. Our verse today lists the reasons for him to boast in his religious status. He was a purebred Pharisee.
He continues to tell us that all his qualifications mean nothing to him. The only thing that matters is that he knows Christ and the power of his resurrection. He has not obtained all he is aiming for but he presses on each day to become more like Jesus. Paul says in verse 14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”.
Dodger and Echo will enjoy the love and affection of their new owners. Knowing they are comfy and secure in their happy home will mean more than knowing they are purebreds. Paul is telling us to be secure in the love and righteousness of our Lord and Savior no matter what our background or lineage. We are now one in Christ Jesus and pressing on towards the goal. We are aiming for the prize and getting closer every day to our heavenly home and that makes us purebred Christians.