Nov. 23, 2020

What Does Philippians 3:8-9 Mean?

What Does Philippians 3:8-9 Mean?

Philippians 3:8-9 (NIV) “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.” 

In the beginning of Philippians chapter 3, Paul lays out for us all of his worldly accomplishments that would make any God-fearing Jew jealous. He had everything, and yet, he says that all that worldly stuff is complete "garbage" compared to knowing Christ.

Listen to today's 2-minute Bible podcast to learn how our English translation translates the word "garbage" politely;-) What does Paul really mean?


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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

In the first part of Philippians chapter three, Paul lays out his testimony proving that he attained everything a Jew strived for, but looking back, Paul says that it was all worthless. He continues in Philippians 3 verses 8 thru 9 saying, “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.”

So, Paul says everything that he prided himself on by working and doing things in the flesh to have a right standing before God was total “garbage.” Now, our English translations for the word Paul uses for garbage here are being polite. The real word Paul wrote means “excrement.” Paul’s really saying everything he worked hard for, everything that he thought was important as a God-fearing, law-observing Jew, all of that is like a pile of manure, dung, human waste. You get the point. 

You see, the Hebraic, Jewish people prided themselves on attaining self-righteousness, meaning what they were able to do by themselves to become righteous in God’s eyes. But Paul says in Christ is where you find your righteousness, not in yourself. It’s humbly confessing your total dependence on Jesus Christ alone so that you can live with God in His Kingdom eternally.

So, your simple Truth for today: The greatest treasure you can find here on earth is the treasure of knowing Christ Jesus and finding righteousness that comes from God through faith alone.  

Hey, thanks for joining us today. Today, I pray that you hunger for more and more of God and less and less of this world. Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.