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Philippians 3:6-21 (New International Version)

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6 as for zeal,1 persecuting the church;2 as for legalistic righteousness,3 faultless. 7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss4 for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing5 Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ6 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,7 but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness8 that comes from God and is by faith.9 10 I want to know10 Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,11 becoming like him in his death,12 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection13 from the dead.

Pressing on Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect,14 but I press on to take hold15 of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.16 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind17 and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on18 toward the goal to win the prize19 for which God has called20 me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us who are mature21 should take such a view of things.22 And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.23 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 17 Join with others in following my example,24 brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.25 18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears,26 many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.27 19 Their destiny28 is destruction, their god is their stomach,29 and their glory is in their shame.30 Their mind is on earthly things.31 20 But our citizenship32 is in heaven.33 And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,34 21 who, by the power35 that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies36 so that they will be like his glorious body.37
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