Philippians 3:1-16 NLT

1 Whatever happens, dear brothers and sisters, a may the Lord give you joy. I never get tired of telling you this. I am doing this for your own good.

References for Philippians 3:1

    • h 3:1 - Greek <I>brothers;</I> also in 3:13, 17.
      2 Watch out for those dogs, those wicked men and their evil deeds, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved.
      3 For we who worship God in the Spirit b are the only ones who are truly circumcised. We put no confidence in human effort. Instead, we boast about what Christ Jesus has done for us.

      References for Philippians 3:3

        • i 3:3 - Or <I>in spirit;</I> some manuscripts read <I>worship by the Spirit of God.</I>
          4 Yet I could have confidence in myself if anyone could. If others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!
          5 For I was circumcised when I was eight days old, having been born into a pure-blooded Jewish family that is a branch of the tribe of Benjamin. So I am a real Jew if there ever was one! What's more, I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.
          6 And zealous? Yes, in fact, I harshly persecuted the church. And I obeyed the Jewish law so carefully that I was never accused of any fault.
          7 I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
          8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ
          9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God's law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
          10 As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death,
          11 so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead!
          12 I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.
          13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, c but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

          References for Philippians 3:13

            • j 3:13 - Some manuscripts read <I>I am not all I should be.</I>
              14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. d

              References for Philippians 3:14

                • k 3:14 - Or <I>from heaven.</I>
                  15 I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.
                  16 But we must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already.