Philippians 3:5-15 NIV

5 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;4

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6 as for zeal,5 persecuting the church;6 as for legalistic righteousness,7 faultless.

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      7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss8 for the sake of Christ.

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      8 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 Christ10

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      9 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.13

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          10 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,16

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              11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection17 from the dead.

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              Pressing on Toward the Goal

              12 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.20

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              13 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,

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              14 I press on22 toward the goal to win the prize23 for which God has called24 me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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              15 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

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