Philippians 3:8-15 AMP.  

Yes, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege ... the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth and supreme advantage ... of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, and of perceiving  and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly.  

For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be more rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ, the Anointed One, and that I may (actually) be found and known as in Him, not having any (self-achieved) righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law's demands ... ritualistic uprightness and (supposed) right standing with God thus acquired ... but ossessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the Anointed One, the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by (saving) faith.  [For if my determined purpose is] that I may know Him ... that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding [the wonders of His Person] more strongly and more clearly.

And that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] that if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

Not that I have now attained [this ideal] or am already made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus, the Messiah, has laid hold of me and made me His own.  I do not consider that I have captured and made it my own [yet], but one thing I do ... it is my one aspiration: forgetting what lies behind (what's in my past) and straining forward to what lies ahead.  I press on towards the goal to win the [surpreme and heavenly] prize to what God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown  have this mind and hold these convictions, and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.  


In this passage, the Apostle Paul is writing to the Philippian Christians, but not only to them, but it applies to us in this day also.

 Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler 




John 3:16

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