Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a protection for you.
Watch out for "dogs,"a watch out for evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh.
For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh-
although I once had confidence in the flesh too. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to the righteousness that is in the law, blameless.
But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ.
More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ
and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christb-the righteousness from God based on faith.
[My goal] is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.
Not that I have already reached [the goal] or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
Brothers, I do notc consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,
I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenlyd call in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this to you also.
In any case, we should live up to whatever [truth] we have attained.