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But whatever was to my profit
"But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ!" Philippians 3:7-8
Here is a complete change— an entire reversal in the estimation of things!
Saul of Tarsus gloried in his descent, as a Hebrew of the Hebrews; he gloried in his obedience to the law, and in his zeal as a persecutor of the Church. This was in his days of darkness and unbelief.
But when he was enlightened by the Holy Spirit, he saw that by natural birth he was a child of disobedience, and consequently a child of wrath, even as others. He saw that his own righteousness was but filthy rags. He saw that, in persecuting the Church, he was persecuting Christ.
The things he before gloried in—he now felt to be his shame; and Jesus, whom he had despised—became glorious in his view, the chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely One!
Have not I experienced a change, similar in kind, though not so sudden or remarkable in its attendant circumstances—as the change of Saul of Tarsus? Has not Jesus, who was once to me as a root out of a dry ground—become precious to my soul?
Do I not count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord? Do I not desire to "win Christ, and to be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law—but that which is through the faith of Christ?"
"Yes, He is precious to my soul,
My transport and my trust;
Jewels to Him are gaudy toys,
And gold is sordid dust!"
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