1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not
tedious, but 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 the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus,
and do not trust in the flesh,
4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have
confidence in the flesh, I more so:
5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew
of the Hebrews; according to the Law, a Pharisee;
6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss because of Christ.
8 But no, rather, I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as
refuse, that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the Law, but
that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His
sufferings, being conformed to His death,
11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may
lay hold, since Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have laid hold; but one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind and stretching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are complete, be of this mind; and if in anything you
think differently, God will reveal even this to you.
16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same
rule, let us be of the same mind.
17 Brethren, join in being imitators of me, and note those who so walk, as you have us
for a pattern.
18 For many conduct themselves, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and who glory in their shame; who
set their mind on earthly things.
20 For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the
Lord Jesus Christ,
21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body,
according to the working by which He is able even to subject all things to Himself.