Philippians 3:2-12 NIV

2 Watch out for those dogs,1 those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.

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3 For it is we who are the circumcision,2 we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus,3 and who put no confidence in the flesh--

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4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.4 If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:

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5 circumcised5 on the eighth day, of the people of Israel,6 of the tribe of Benjamin,7 a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;8

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6 as for zeal,9 persecuting the church;10 as for legalistic righteousness,11 faultless.

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      7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss12 for the sake of Christ.

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      8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing13 Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ14

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      9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,15 but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness16 that comes from God and is by faith.17

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          10 I want to know18 Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,19 becoming like him in his death,20

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              11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection21 from the dead.

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              Pressing on Toward the Goal

              12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect,22 but I press on to take hold23 of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.24

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