Perfection.

More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. https://bible.com/bible/2016/php.3.8-11.NRSV
Philippians 3:8‭-‬11 NRSV

Paul’s drive is towards perfection based in a trust in the faithfulness of Jesus, not his own efforts. NT Wright renders verse 9 as, …a status that comes through the Messiah’s faithfulness. Which rings true to me as else Paul is setting up a new law based on our own faithfulness, our own efforts. And then he renders the end of verse 11, …so that somehow I may arrive at the final resurrection of the dead. The Jerusalem Bible renders it, …That is the way I can hope to take my place in the resurrection of the dead.

We need to take on board all these readings. I don’t know the Greek but I do know that translators try to iron out problems with the text and present a uniform voice where one does not exist. I really see Paul wrestling here with the extremes of his experience of life, and I hear someone who has been tested to the limit grasping at the reality of being in Christ as his only hope. Somehow…

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