What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing1 Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ2
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and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,3 but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness4 that comes from God and is by faith.5
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I want to know6 Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,7 becoming like him in his death,8
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and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection9 from the dead.
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Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect,10 but I press on to take hold11 of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.12
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Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind13 and straining toward what is ahead,
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I press on14 toward the goal to win the prize15 for which God has called16 me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
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All of us who are mature17 should take such a view of things.18 And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.19
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Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
Join with others in following my example,20 brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.21
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For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears,22 many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.23
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