Watch out for the “dogs.” Watch out for people who do evil things. Watch out for those who insist on circumcision, which is really mutilation. We are the circumcision. We are the ones who serve by God’s Spirit and who boast in Christ Jesus. We don’t put our confidence in rituals performed on the body, though I have good reason to have this kind of confidence. If anyone else has reason to put their confidence in physical advantages, I have even more: I was circumcised on the eighth day. I am from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin. I am a Hebrew of the Hebrews. With respect to observing the Law, I’m a Pharisee. With respect to devotion to the faith, I harassed the church. With respect to righteousness under the Law, I’m blameless. These things were my assets, but I wrote them off as a loss for the sake of Christ. But even beyond that, I consider everything a loss in comparison with the superior value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have lost everything for him, but what I lost I think of as sewer trash, so that I might gain Christ and be found in him. In Christ, I have a righteousness that is not my own and that does not come from the Law but rather from the faithfulness of Christ. It is the righteousness of God that is based on faith. The righteousness that I have comes from knowing Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the participation in his sufferings. It includes being conformed to his death so that I may perhaps reach the goal of the resurrection of the dead. It’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already been perfected, but I pursue it, so that I may grab hold of it because Christ grabbed hold of me for just this purpose. (Philippians 3:2-12, CEB)
I have reason to boast Paul says, and then he gives us the reasons he can boast.
Paul says all of these things are loss in comparison to the value of knowing Christ. Paul has lost everything that counted for Christ. And in this version, he calls what he lost sewer trash. In other versions it is dung, refuse. The actual Greek word is σκύβαλα. It is the only time this word is used in the Bible and most other Greek manuscripts don’t have it. Scholars seem to think it is street slang for what we would say today as shit. Paul calls everything that counted in his life shit compared to knowing Christ.
Jesus is the best thing we could ever have in our lives and Paul tells the Ephesians that everything else in life is shit. And we say Christians shouldn’t use foul language. Well sometimes you need to get attention and make sure people are listening and colorful language will do that. All words are necessary for use at times.
We should boast about what we have “lost” to have Jesus.
Loving People. Loving God.