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7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 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 on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
In this chapter Paul talks about the different pathways people follow in order to meet with God. He mentions four pathways that he himself followed and that only one of these led to salvation.
National and family pride (v5) 2. Religious ceremony (v5) 3. Good living (v5) 4. The way of Jesus Christ (v7-11)
When Paul met with Christ, he came to see that everything else he had set so much store on was worthless. It didn’t matter. It didn’t matter what family he belonged to. He didn’t matter whether he had gone through various religious ceremonies. It didn’t matter how good a life he had tried to lead.
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”
Jesus is the only pathway to God.
We each have to make up our own mind, for or against Christ. We cannot remain neutral, nor can we drift into Christianity, nor can anyone else settle the matter for us. We must decide for ourselves.
“There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin,
He only could unlock the gate of heaven, and let us in.
O dearly, dearly, has He loved! And we must love Him too,
And trust in His redeeming blood, and try His works to do.”
Praise Him for your salvation.