We review the doctrine of justification by faith alone as we work through the Shorter Catechism and then turn to this passage to see how this actually worked out in practice in Paul’s life. Paul had so much to boast of humanly, yet he dismisses it as worthless before God. He forgets all that lies behind and presses forward to know Christ. He realizes this may mean suffering but this will only conform him further to the likeness of Christ.
We are challenged by Paul’s approach to examine our own attitude to the Christian life. Paul assures us that his is the approach of maturity and one that therefore God will reveal to us also if we have a different opinion now but are serious about our faith.