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Knowing Christ

1 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.

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      2 Watch out for "dogs,"a watch out for evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh.

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        • a 3:2 - An expression of contempt for the unclean, those outside the people of God
          3 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-
          4 although I once had confidence in the flesh too. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
          5 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;
          6 as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to the righteousness that is in the law, blameless.
          7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ.
          8 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
          9 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.

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            • b 3:9 - Or through the faithfulness of Christ
              10 [My goal] is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
              11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.

              Reaching Forward to God's Goal

              12 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.

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                  13 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,

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                    • c 3:13 - Other mss read not yet
                      14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenlyd call in Christ Jesus.

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                        • d 3:14 - Or upward
                          15 Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this to you also.
                          16 In any case, we should live up to whatever [truth] we have attained.
                          17 Join in imitating me, brothers, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.
                          18 For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
                          19 Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things,
                          20 but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
                          21 He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.