This is the apostle, Paul, writing to the believers in Philippi...
1a Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters,
rejoice in the Lord.
was circumcised when I was eight days old.
I am a pure-blooded citizen
of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there
ever was one!
I was a member of the Pharisees,
who demand the strictest
obedience to the Jewish law.6
I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church.
And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.
7 I once thought these things were valuable,
but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
For his sake I have discarded everything
counting it all as garbage,
so that I could gain Christ
become one with him.
I no longer count on my own righteousness through
obeying the law;
rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.
For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him
from the dead.
I want to suffer with him,
sharing in his death,
11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
13b I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past
forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on to reach the end of the race
and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.