3 1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things
to you, to me indeed is not irksome, but for you it is safe.
the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision:
are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ
Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh:
4though I myself might have
confidence even in the flesh: if any other man thinketh to have confidence in
the flesh, I yet more:
5circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of
Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a
6as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the
righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.
7Howbeit what things
were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ.
8Yea verily, and I
count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ
Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them
but refuse, that I may gain Christ,
9and be found in him, not having a
righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that
which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by
10that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death;
any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I
have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be
that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ
13Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one
thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching
forward to the things which are before,
14I press on toward the goal unto
the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15Let us therefore,
as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye are otherwise
minded, this also shall God reveal unto you:
16only, whereunto we have
attained, by that same rule let us walk.
17Brethren, be ye
imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for
18For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you
even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory
is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
20For our citizenship is in
heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be
conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is
able even to subject all things unto himself.