Philippians 3 “If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, 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 is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith….Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind (LAW) and straining toward what is ahead (GRACE), 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Paul was leaving behind the self-righteousness of the law / ten commandments and trying to pursue the righteousness of God by faith in Jesus Christ.
Paul had NOT YET attained it. Why was that?
Paul was living in the last days / last generation of the law.
The law was obsolete on the cross but was still present in that last generation from the cross (AD30) to (AD70)
The Apostles and Churches in the Bible were transitioning between Law to Grace in that 40 year wilderness journey.
Hebrews 8:13 “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
The Law was removed in AD70.
Today the Law does not exist.
Today only Grace exists.
We have what Paul was looking forward to.
We are so blessed !!
We are Righteous, sinless and perfect by faith in Jesus Christ.