A zeal for God
). Objective genitive like Philippians 3:9
, "through faith in Christ" (dia pistew Cristou
). But not according to knowledge
(all ou kat epignwsin
). They had knowledge of God and so were superior to the Gentiles in privilege ( Philippians 2:9-11
), but they sought God in an external way by rules and rites and missed him ( Philippians 9:30-33 ). They became zealous for the letter and the form instead of for God himself.