Philippians 3:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 3:7, NIV: But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

Philippians 3:7, ESV: But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

Philippians 3:7, KJV: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Philippians 3:7, NASB: But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ.

Philippians 3:7, NLT: I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.

Philippians 3:7, CSB: But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ.

What does Philippians 3:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul's words in this powerful verse include two important phrases. Paul had just mentioned seven important characteristics of his Jewish faith. He adhered to the highest standards of his religion, claiming to have more confidence in the flesh than his opponents (Philippians 3:4). This would be something like a major religious leader today saying "No matter how many degrees I have or accomplishments I have achieved." His human accomplishments had been many, but were considered unimportant in comparison to his relationship with Christ.

The second phrase notes this priority. The contrast between "gain" and "loss" is clear. Paul's human accomplishments, even in the area of religion, were of no value compared to the greatness of knowing Jesus. In fact, he would have gladly traded those for more time, fellowship, and discipleship with Christ. Paul specifically notes the "sake of Christ." He uses this phrase in Philippians 1:29 as well as in 2 Corinthians 12:10 and Philemon 1:6.