No Confidence in the Flesh

1 Further, my brothers and sisters, 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.

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2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.

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3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:

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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;

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6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

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7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

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8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ

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9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith ina Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

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    • i 3:9 - Or "through the faithfulness of"
      10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

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      11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

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      12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

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      13 Brothers and sisters, 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,

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      14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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