Philippians 3 - Breaking with the Past, Pressing toward the Goal

Finally, my brothers and sisters,[a] rejoice[b] in the Lord.


Breaking with the Past


To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, and for you it is a safeguard.


2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh![c] 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God[d] and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh— 4 even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh.


If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.


7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ,[e] the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 I want to know Christ[f] and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11 if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.


Pressing toward the Goal


12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;[g] but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved,[h] I do not consider that I have made it my own;[i] but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly[j] call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. 16 Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.


17 Brothers and sisters,[k] join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. 18 For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. 19 Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship[l] is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform the body of our humiliation[m] that it may be conformed to the body of his glory,[n] by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.


Footnotes


a. Philippians 3:1 Gk my brothers

b. Philippians 3:1 Or farewell

c. Philippians 3:2 Gk the mutilation

d. Philippians 3:3 Other ancient authorities read worship God in spirit

e. Philippians 3:9 Or through the faith of Christ

f. Philippians 3:10 Gk him

g. Philippians 3:12 Or have already been made perfect

h. Philippians 3:13 Gk Brothers

i. Philippians 3:13 Other ancient authorities read my own yet

j. Philippians 3:14 Gk upward

k. Philippians 3:17 Gk Brothers

l. Philippians 3:20 Or commonwealth

m. Philippians 3:21 Or our humble bodies

n. Philippians 3:21 Or his glorious body


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