As we consider the example of the Apostle Paul, what former confidence he had in the flesh, he gave up for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ. Paul used to put a high premium on the 7 bullet points of his spiritual resume, ending with his perceived position of being blameless before the law. However, when the Spirit revealed to him his exceeding sinfulness, he now viewed all those former things and loss and dung in comparison to the excellency of winning Christ.