Main point summary
The worth of knowing Jesus completely eclipses all birth privileges and fervent religious attempts. In union with Him we have His righteousness which can never be achieved by flesh.
If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh,
I have more:
t circumcised on the eighth day,
u of the people of Israel,
v of the tribe of Benjamin,
u a Hebrew of Hebrews;
as to the law, w a Pharisee;
x as to zeal, y a persecutor of the church;
z as to righteousness under the law, 1 blameless.
But a whatever gain I had,
b I counted as loss
for the sake of Christ.
Indeed, I count everything as loss
because of c the surpassing worth of d knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
For his sake I e have suffered the loss of all things
and count them as rubbish,
in order that I may gain Christ
and be found in him,
not having f a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,
but g that which comes through faith in Christ,
the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
h that I may know him
and i the power of his resurrection,
and j may share his sufferings,
becoming like him in his death,
I tasted that Jesus and the value of this knowledge supersedes anything I could ever gain in religious attempts
indeed a surprising response of a Jew
gaining Christ can give something that religion can never give - r-s from God. Here we may put Ac -Res .
three purposes: gain, found in and know Christ
He repeats that the reason to count all as loss - is Jesus and knowledge of Him
not only he counts(personal statement) as in previous one but here he suffered loss (something was taken away from him)
when I gain Christ, I'm in union with Him and as a result have His righteousness.
[ Trade plastic folderols for priceless diamond (ver.8e) The word "gain" points to obtaining, acquiring priceless precious diamond. (Illustration) Paul is like a man from the proverb - he found a hidden treasure, went and sold everything to have it. To know Christ is even more than gaining a treasure. You come in bonding union with the person of Mesiah (ver 9a) The very next phrase after "gain" says that you are "in Him"(9a) You gain Christ and are "found in Him". This means that now you know Him in very personal bonding and intimate way. Now you are in union with Him in such a way that now you are in him. Christian knowledge is more than intellectual understanding. It is a personal, loving bond. In union with Christ all that is His belongs to us. We have the greatest gift, the righteousness of God (9b-9d). This righteousness is from God. Its quality, it is eternal, constant and perfect. In Christ God is now totally for us and not against us. So in Christ you have a priceless diamond, an intimate union with Creator, a precious gift - God's righteousness. You have Christ Himself. The worth of knowing Christ totally eclipses all imaginal benefits - birth right privileges, national belonging, personal religious achievements, "whatever gain". ]