He warneth them against false teachers: he counts all other
things loss, that he may gain Christ.
1 As to the rest, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things
to you, to me indeed is not wearisome, but to you necessary.
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, not having confidence in the flesh:
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other thinketh
he may have confidence in the flesh, I more,
5 Being circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe
of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews, *as to the law a Pharisee,
6 As to zeal, persecuting the church of God, as to the justice that is
in the law, conversing without blame.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I have counted loss for Christ.
8 But indeed I count all things to be but loss, for the excellent knowledge
of Jesus Christ, my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ,
9 And may be found in him not having my justice, which is of the law, but
that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus: the justice which is of God in faith,
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship
of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death:
11 If by any means I may attain to the resurrection, which is from the
12 Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I
follow after, if I may by any means apprehend that which I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing I
do: forgetting the things that are behind, and stretching forth myself to those that are before,
14 I pursue towards the mark, for the prize of the supernal vocation, of
God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us, therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in
any thing you be otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you.
16 Nevertheless whereunto we are already come, that we be of the same mind:
let us also continue in the same rule.
17 Be followers of me, brethren, and observe them who walk so, as you have
18 *For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping)
that they are enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction: whose God is their belly: and whose glory
is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
20 But our conversation is in heaven: whence also we expect the Saviour,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
21 Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his
glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself.
5: Acts xxiii. 6.
18: Romans xvi. 17.