But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 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 – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:7-14
I’ve been meditating on these verses over the last week and I have a question.
Can someone tell me what “forgetting what lies behind” means?
I have yet to look at the Greek to examine the words more carefully. I will do so soon, but if anyone else has already turned the pages on this one, please share in the comments section below. I’m grateful for any insight.
Does “forgetting what lies behind” mean to forget a “dark past” or a wicked life drenched with patterns of sin prior to salvation? Or does it mean, pointing back to Paul’s comments at the beginning of the chapter, forgetting everything one used to cling to for eternal hope and satisfaction?
May God bless all of His children as we pursue and run hard after the goal.