Further, my brothers and sisters, 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 evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.
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For it is we who are the circumcision,3 we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast 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 others think they have 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 righteousness based on the law,12 faultless.
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But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss13 for the sake of Christ.
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What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing14 Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, 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 on the basis of faith.18
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I want to know19 Christ--yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings,20 becoming like him in his death,21
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and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection22 from the dead.
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Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,23 but I press on to take hold24 of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.25
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Brothers and sisters, 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, then, 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.
Join together in following my example,33 brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.34
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For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears,35 many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.36
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Their destiny37 is destruction, their god is their stomach,38 and their glory is in their shame.39 Their mind is set on earthly things.40
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But our citizenship41 is in heaven.42 And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,43
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who, by the power44 that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies45 so that they will be like his glorious body.46
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