circumcised1 on the eighth day, of the people of Israel,2 of the tribe of Benjamin,3 a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;46
as for zeal,5 persecuting the church;6 as for legalistic righteousness,7 faultless.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss8 for the sake of Christ.
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing9 Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ109
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,11 but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness12 that comes from God and is by faith.1310
I want to know14 Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,15 becoming like him in his death,1611
and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection17 from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect,18 but I press on to take hold19 of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.2013
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind21 and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on22 toward the goal to win the prize23 for which God has called24 me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us who are mature25 should take such a view of things.26 And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.27