For we are the Circumcision who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh--
though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath grounds to trust in the flesh, I have more:
circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; according to the law, a Pharisee;
concerning zeal, persecuting the church; as to the righteousness before the law, blameless.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted as loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them but dung, that I may win Christ
and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith,
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death,
that if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
It is not as though I had already attained it, nor were already perfect; but I follow after, that I may apprehend that for which Christ Jesus also apprehended me.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended it, but this one thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,