Philippians 3: 4 -7
4 Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If any other man thinks he has reason for 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 born of Hebrews; as to the law a Pharisee,
6 as to zeal a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness under the law blameless.
7 But whatever gain(the list in vv5 - 6, plural) I had, I counted as loss(singular) for the sake of Christ(singular).
Another reflection and partial exegesis for this passage. I was reflecting on this passage during the exegesis class this morning.
It is a meaningful passage as we see how Paul see that he loss everything for Christ's sake. All the list that he made in vv5 - 6, he count it as one loss, for one person's sake, Jesus Christ, whom have everything, more than this world. Notice the bold words. It has a pattern. It goes like this; plural - singular - singular - plural; which means; all gains - one loss - Christ - who has everything.
When we commit ourself to Christ, we cannot count each things as partial loss. For example, I sacrifice my five figure salary as one big loss, friendship, 80% loss and etc. All things come in one package as a loss. Do not ever boast of what you loss for the sake of Christ, but boast on what Christ has done, and what you gain from him inspite of all the losses.
All the things that we achieved, we count as one loss, for Christ who has everything. What a beautiful thing.