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.
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Watch out for those dogs,2 those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.
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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--
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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:
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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;9
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as for zeal,10 persecuting the church;11 as for legalistic righteousness,12 faultless.
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But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss13 for the sake of Christ.
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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 Christ15
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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.18
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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,21
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and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection22 from the dead.
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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.25
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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,
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I press on27 toward the goal to win the prize28 for which God has called29 me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
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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.32
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Only let us live up to what we have already attained.