Philippians 3 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now then, brothers and sisters, be joyful in the Lord. It's no trouble for me to write the same things to you, and it's for your safety. 1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
2 Beware of dogs! Beware of those who do evil things. Beware of those who insist on circumcision. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.
3 We are the [true] circumcised people [of God] because we serve God's Spirit and take pride in Christ Jesus. We don't place any confidence in physical things, 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh--
4 although I could have confidence in my physical qualifications. If anyone else thinks that he can trust in something physical, I can claim even more. 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5 I was circumcised on the eighth day. I'm a descendant of Israel. I'm from the tribe of Benjamin. I'm a pure-blooded Hebrew. When it comes to living up to standards, I was a Pharisee. 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;
6 When it comes to being enthusiastic, I was a persecutor of the church. When it comes to winning God's approval by keeping Jewish laws, I was perfect. 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7 These things that I once considered valuable, I now consider worthless for Christ. 7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
8 It's far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I'm much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It's because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ
9 and to have a relationship with him. This means that I didn't receive God's approval by obeying his laws. The opposite is true! I have God's approval through faith in Christ. This is the approval that comes from God and is based on faith 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
10 that knows Christ. Faith knows the power that his coming back to life gives and what it means to share his suffering. In this way I'm becoming like him in his death, 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
11 with the confidence that I'll come back to life from the dead. 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
12 It's not that I've already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
13 Brothers and sisters, I can't consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don't look back, I lengthen my stride, and 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
15 Whoever has a mature faith should think this way. And if you think differently, God will show you how to think. 15 All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
16 However, we should be guided by what we have learned so far. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Brothers and sisters, imitate me, and pay attention to those who live by the example we have given you. 17 Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.
18 I have often told you, and now tell you with tears in my eyes, that many live as the enemies of the cross of Christ. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
19 In the end they will be destroyed. Their own emotions are their god, and they take pride in the shameful things they do. Their minds are set on worldly things. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.
20 We, however, are citizens of heaven. We look forward to the Lord Jesus Christ coming from heaven as our Savior. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 Through his power to bring everything under his authority, he will change our humble bodies and make them like his glorified body. 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.