Philippians 3:1-9 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.