3 ¶ It remains, my brethren, that ye rejoice in the Lord. It does not bother me to write the same things to you, and for you it is safe.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
3 For we are the circumcision, who serve God in spirit and glory in Christ Jesus, having no confidence in the flesh.
4 ¶ Though I might also have reason to confide in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the lineage of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;
6 concerning zeal, a persecutor of the congregation[a]; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But those things which were gain to me, I counted loss for Christ.
8 And doubtless I even count all things as loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ
9 ¶ and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death,
11 if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained it, either were already perfect, but I follow after, if I may lay hold of that for which I have also been laid hold of by the Christ, Jesus.
13 Brethren, I do not reckon to have laid hold of it yet, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and extending myself unto those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 ¶ Let us, therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded; and if in anything ye are otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, in that unto which we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us have the same mind.
17 ¶ Brethren, be imitators of me and consider those who so walk, as ye have us for a pattern.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross[b] of Christ;
19 whose end shall be perdition, whose God is their belly and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things).
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall transform our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is also able to subdue all things unto himself.
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