What do you have to lose in order to gain Christ?


There was a time where I actually thought I have to lose all things to find Christ.

It is due to a wrong interpretation of verses such as these:

Philippians 3:7-8
7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 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.

The problem is that the verses are taken out of their context.

Paul isn’t talking about losing something to gain Christ. He was saying all that he gain while trying righteousness from the Law of Moses is rubbish.

Read the next verse.

Philippians 3:9
9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

The things he wanted to “lose” to gain this righteousness by faith is his achievements in the Law. It is what he counts as rubbish.

Philippians 3:4-7
4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

So as you can see if you take the verses out of context you will thinking gain Christ demands much sacrifice. That in fact is the opposite of what Paul is saying. If you do that you are gaining what Paul is trying to lose.

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