III. Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me is not burdensome, and for you it is safe.
2Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision.
3For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
4Though I have confidence also in the flesh. If any other thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I more;
5circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
6as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7But what things were gain to me, these I have accounted loss for Christ.
8Nay more, and I account all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and account them refuse, that I may gain Christ,
9and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God, upon faith;
10that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death;
11if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I already obtained [the prize], or have already been perfected; but I pursue onward, if I may lay hold of that for which I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
13Brethren, I do not count myself to have laid hold of it; but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind, and reaching forth to the things before,
14I pursue on toward the mark, for the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be of this mind; and if in any thing ye are otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you.
16Nevertheless, whereto we have attained, in the same let us walk.
17Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark those who so walk, as ye have us for an example.
18For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ;
19whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
20For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence we also look for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
21who will transform the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working with which he is able also to subject all things to himself.