1 FINALLY, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord; for to write the same things to you is not grievous to me, and is safe for you.
2 Beware of the dogs, beware of evil laborers, beware of the concision. 3 We are the circumcision, who serve God in spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and trust not in the flesh, 4 although I have ground of confidence in the flesh. If any other one thinks he may trust in the flesh, I [may] more; 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the race 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, as to righteousness by the law being blameless.
7 But whatever things were my gain, these I have considered a loss for the sake of Christ. 8 But for the same reason also I consider all things to be a loss on account of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and consider them worthless that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having my righteousness by the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness of God by the faith, 10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the participation of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 that I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained it, or have been already made perfect; but I follow on that I may attain that for which also I was arrested by Christ. 13 I consider not myself, brothers, to have attained it; but this one thing I do; forgetting the things behind, and reaching forward to those before, 14 I press forward to the mark for the prize of the high call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us, as many as are perfect therefore, be of this mind; and if any one thinks at all otherwise, God shall also reveal this to you; 16 but in what we have attained, in this let us walk. 17 Be followers of me, brothers, and observe those who walk so as you have us for an example. 18 For many walk, of whom I told you often and now also tell you weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; 19 whose end is destruction, whose God is their stomach, and their glory in their shame; who regard earthly things. 20 But our kingdom is in heaven, from which also we expect the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will change our humble body, and make it like his glorious body, by the power by which he is able also to subject all things to himself.