ES/PHIL/21 Philippians 3:4–6
a Hebrew son of Hebrew parents
Paul orchestrated a terror campaign against the church and had achieved a growing infamy as a Pharisaic terrorist
This survey of Paul’s religious credentials proves that if anyone had a right to claim a favored status and to wield religious influence over his peers, it was Paul far more than the Judaizers he references in 3:2. If the Philippians wanted to put someone on a religious pedestal, Paul is the guy who deserves it.
What he was by birth and what he had become by conviction and achievement were enough to tally a high level of superiority compared to any who might be preaching circumcision and righteousness by the law.
Privileges of birth and human achievement, however noble, count nothing.