Main point summary
Paul is willing to loose everything so he is found in Christ now and for eternity.
But a whatever gain I had, (in context Paul is talking about the confidence he could have put in the flesh or in himself and his accomplishments)
However, all of this worldly advantage I had
b I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
It is nothing to me anymore and it is nothing to me because of Christ
Indeed, I count everything as loss
Yes, not just the gain I mentioned above but everything else too I see as loss - something I have lost for someone much greater
because of c the surpassing worth of d knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
The reason I count everything as loss is because Christ and knowing Christ is worth far much more to me, this is much more important than anything else
For his sake I e have suffered the loss of all things
For Christ, my Lord, I truly have lost all thing
and count them as rubbish,
and see those things that I lost as garbage, not important to me
in order that I may gain Christ
I see those things this way for a purpose - so that I can gain Christ in place of those things
and be found in him,
and be associated as a follower of Christ
not having f a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,
Being found in him means I do not bring my own accomplishments and holiness from following the law
but g that which comes through faith in Christ,
but a righteousness that is found through faith in Christ
the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
this righteousness comes from God (not from myself) and depends on faith in Christ
h that I may know him
I count everything as loss so I may know Christ
and i the power of his resurrection,
and understand the power that is in his resurrection from the dead
and j may share his sufferings,
and share in the same sufferings Christ suffered
becoming like him in his death,
to follow Christ in death (I'm really not exactly sure what this statement means) Other translations say "conformed" - Die in a manner similar to Christ or is he talking here about a manner similar in that he is resurrected as Christ was?
that by any means possible I may k attain the resurrection from the dead.
I want all of this so I may also obtain life after death with Christ
What does Paul mean he counts everything as loss? What does it mean to count something as loss? Even though it may be painful, it isn't worth anything to you because Christ is infinitely better than whatever you are loosing. Righteousness doesn't come from one's own accomplishments it comes from God alone through faith in Christ alone - is this why Paul was willing to see everything else as garbage - garbage is worthless - it is worthless to count for anything that matters and all that matters to Paul is being found in Christ. It is quite amazing to see his perspective on life as a follower of Jesus. Paul knew he had to let those things go - those worldly accomplishments that he could find false righteousness in. You can't have both. You can't have this boasting in your flesh and boasting in Christ. You can't have righteousness that you create AND the righteousness that is found in Christ. It is interesting too that he says he suffered the loss. This wasn't an easy loss for Paul. To give up "everything" for the sake of Christ. Not just his accomplishments in the Jewish origin and studies, but everything. He says he suffered the loss. Letting go of all things for Christ for him was wonderful and had its goal but he does describe it as having "suffered." We should not think this will be an easy process for us either. Letting go of everything for the sake of Christ. We need much Grace from the Lord to help us. Is Christ valued in my eyes as far superior to whatever the cost of following him may look like? What idols in my life do I need to confess and turn from? What am I hanging onto that in also need to count as loss? Something that I still want to hang onto is a life of peace and ease. I must count that as loss and see this life that includes persecution and suffering as better. I must remember that life of peace as ease was never fulfilling because I wasn't in Christ.