PHILIPPIANS 3: 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ———–
The high calling of God in Christ Jesus is our purpose as saved members of the Body of Christ. What we are or have in the flesh means nothing. We are to leave what’s behind – behind, and reach forward because we have become new creatures in Christ.
The Apostle Paul didn’t count his previous life as a Pharisee as being any loss, i.e., his accomplishments, his good works, his talents all meant nothing. Paul suffered the loss of all these things.
His own righteousness of the past meant nothing as He had become clothed in Christ’s righteousness, a son of God, Chief Steward of the mystery, an Ambassador for Christ, Apostle to the Gentiles – a high calling.
In other words, we lose our lives when we are saved, we die to ourselves. Only once we lose our own righteousness, do we gain His (read : salvation).
If you win Christ, you are made conformable to His death, you are baptised into his death. You cannot be resurrected with Christ if you aren’t made conformable to His death, in other words – you are saved, you have become a new creature in Christ.
This is the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.
Galatians 2:20 ~I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 3:27 ~ For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Romans 6:4 ~ Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Unlike the Apostle Paul, most who are saved do not count their past lives a loss, although they profess not to possess the past, the past still possesses them because they are still under the power of such, take the celebrating of Saturnalia for instance, or their propensity to continue to cultivate denominationalism or live like the old man.
1 Corinthians 6:12 ~ All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.