8b For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
- What ways did Paul “suffer the loss” of his religious heritage?
- How have you or those you love suffered loss for Christ’s sake?
- Can you identify two kinds of righteousness talked about in verse 9? What makes them different?
- How do we receive the second kind of righteousness, “the righteousness from God”?
- God wants us to do the right thing and obey God’s laws. How is trying to do the right thing different than putting our confidence in a “righteousness of [our] own”?
- Who is the only one to do everything right and obey God’s laws perfectly? What does His obedience have to do with what Paul calls “the righteousness from God”?
- How does trusting in our own righteousness treat Christ’s righteousness like rubbish?