Paul, as the Jew Saul, has so much going for him; he has much “confidence in the flesh.” (Philippians 3:4) Saul is circumcised on his eighth day; he belongs to Israel and is of the tribe of Benjamin; he obeys the law faultlessly; he is a Pharisee; and he claims to have much zeal, even vigorously persecuting the church. (Philippians 3:5-6)
Yet, he “considers everything a loss compared to the surprising greatness of knowing Christ Jesus” as Lord. Since even Paul is not able to put confidence in the flesh, then neither are we. He reminds that “all things” –even good things– are “considered rubbish” (Philippians 3:8) in contrast to knowing Jesus.
The righteousness “that comes from the law” is worthless, says Paul. Rather our “righteousness” must “come from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:9) Paul reiterates we are to “worship by the Spirit of God” and “put no confidence in the flesh.” (Philippians 3:3)
Paul says, “Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” (Philippians 3:7)