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Philippians 3

Righteousness Through Faith in Christ

1Finally, my brothers,+ + rejoice in the Lord. + To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.

2Look out for + the dogs, look out for + the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3For + we are the circumcision, + who worship + by the Spirit of God+ and + glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4+ though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for 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; as to the law, + a Pharisee; 6+ as to zeal, + a persecutor of the church; + as to righteousness under the law,+ blameless. 7But + whatever gain I had, + I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of + the surpassing worth of + knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I + have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having + a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but + that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10+ that I may know him and + the power of his resurrection, and + may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may + attain the resurrection from the dead.

Straining Toward the Goal

12Not that I have already + obtained this or + am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: + forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for + the prize of the upward + call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us who are + mature think this way, and if in anything + you think otherwise, + God will reveal that also to you. 16Only + let us hold true to what we have attained.

17Brothers, + join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk + according to the example you have in us. 18For + many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you + even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19+ Their end is destruction, + their god is their belly, and + they glory in their shame, with + minds set on earthly things. 20But + our citizenship is in heaven, and + from it we + await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform + our lowly body + to be like his glorious body, + by the power that enables him even + to subject all things to himself.

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