No confidence In The Flesh
Finally, my brothers, Rejoice in the Lord!
It is not trouble for me to write the same things to you again,
And it is a Safeguard for you.
2 WATCH OUT FOR THOSE DOGS,
THOSE MEN WHO DO EVIL,
THOSE MUTILATORS OF THE FLESH.
3 FOR IT IS WE WHO ARE THE CIRCUMCISION,
WE WHO WORSHIP BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD,
WHO GLORY IN CHRIST JESUS,
AND WHO PUT NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH--
4 Though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If anyone else thinks he has reason to put confidence in the flesh,
I have more:
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;
As for Zeal, Persecuting the Church;
As for Legalistic Righteousness, Faultless.
7 But whatever was to my profit
I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
8 WHAT IS MORE, I CONSIDER EVERYTHING A LOSS
COMPARED TO THE SURPASSING GREATNESS
OF KNOWING CHRIST JESUS MY LORD,
FOR WHOSE SAKE I HAVE LOST ALL THINGS.
I CONSIDER THEM RUBBISH,
THAT I MAY GAIN CHRIST
9 AND BE FOUND IN HIM,
Not having a Righteousness of my own that comes from the Law,
But that which is through Faith in Christ--
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COMES FROM GOD
AND IS BY FAITH.
10 I WANT TO KNOW CHRIST
AND THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION
AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS,
BECOMING LIKE HIM IN DEATH ,
11 AND SO, SOMEHOW,
TO ATTAIN TO THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD.
Pressing On Toward The Goal
12 NOT THAT I HAVE ALREADY OBTAINED ALL THIS,
OR HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE PERFECT,
BUT I PRESS ON TO TAKE HOLD OF THAT
FOR WHICH CHRIST JESUS TOOK HOLD OF ME.
13 Brothers, 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,
14 I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL
TO WIN THE PRIZE
FOR WHICH GOD HAS CALLED ME HEAVENWARD
IN CHRIST JESUS.
15 ALL OF US WHO ARE MATURE
SHOULD TAKE SUCH A VIEW OF THINGS.
And if on some point you think differently,
That too Gd will make clear to you.
16 ONLY LET US LIVE UP
TO WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY ATTAINED.
17 Join with others in following my example,
Brothers, and take note of those
Who love according to the Pattern we gave you.
18 For as I have often told you before and now say again
Even with tears,
MANY LIVE AS ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST.
19 THEIR DESTINY IS DESTRUCTION,
THEIR GOD IS THEIR STOMACH,
AND THEIR GLORY IS IN THEIR SHAME.
THEIR MIND IS ON EARTHLY THINGS.
20 BUT OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN.
AND WE EAGERLY AWAIT A SAVIOR FROM THERE,
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,
WHO BY THE POWER THAT ENABLES HIM
TO BRING EVERYTHING UNDER HIS CONTROL,
WILL TRANSFORM OUR LOWLY BODIES
SO THAT THEY WILL BE LIKE HIS GLORIOUS BODY.