1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you indeed is not burdensome to me, but it is safe to you.
3 For we are the circumcision, who serve the Spirit of God, and boast in Christ Jesus, also having no confidence in the flesh:
4 even though also having confidence in the flesh. If any other one seems to have confidence in the flesh, I the more:
5 in circumcision the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
6 in reference to zeal, persecuting the church, according to righteousness which was in the law being blameless.
8 Yes truly, I even counted all things loss on account of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for the sake of whom I suffer the loss of all things, and I consider them but excrements, that I may gain Christ,
9 and may be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of law, but that which is through faith of Christ, the righteousness of God through faith:
10 to know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
12 Not that I already received it, or have already been made perfect: but I persevere, if I may receive that for which I have indeed been received by Christ Jesus.
14 but there is one thing, indeed forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those which are before, I press toward the goal unto the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, so many as are perfect, think the same thing: and if you think otherwise in any respect, God will also reveal this to you:
18 For many walk about, of whom I frequently spoke to you, and now I speak even weeping, the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 whose end is destruction, whose God is their stomach, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
20 For our citizenship is in the heavens; whence we are indeed looking for our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: