Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again,1 and it is a safeguard for you.
Watch out for those dogs,2 those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.
For it is we who are the circumcision,3 we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus,4 and who put no confidence in the flesh--
though I myself have reasons for such confidence.5 If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
circumcised6 on the eighth day, of the people of Israel,7 of the tribe of Benjamin,8 a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;96
as for zeal,10 persecuting the church;11 as for legalistic righteousness,12 faultless.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss13 for the sake of Christ.
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing14 Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ159
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,16 but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness17 that comes from God and is by faith.1810
I want to know19 Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,20 becoming like him in his death,2111
and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection22 from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect,23 but I press on to take hold24 of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.2513
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind26 and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on27 toward the goal to win the prize28 for which God has called29 me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us who are mature30 should take such a view of things.31 And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.3216
Only let us live up to what we have already attained.