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Philippians 3:3-13 (Today's New International Version)

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3 For it is we who are the circumcision,1 we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus,2 and who put no confidence in the flesh-- 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.3 If others think they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised4 on the eighth day, of the people of Israel,5 of the tribe of Benjamin,6 a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;7 6 as for zeal,8 persecuting the church;9 as for righteousness based on the law,10 faultless. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss11 for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing12 Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ13 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,14 but that which is through faith ina Christ--the righteousness15 that comes from God on the basis of faith.16 10 I want to know17 Christ--yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings,18 becoming like him in his death,19 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection20 from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,21 but I press on to take hold22 of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.23 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind24 and straining toward what is ahead,
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