1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not tedious to me, and it is safe for you.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil-workers, 3 beware of the concision, For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Though I might have confidence: if any man think that he may have confidence in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, 5 of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews, touching the law, a Pharisee; Touching zeal, 6 persecuting the church, touching the righteousness, which is by the law, blameless.
7 But whatsoever things were gain to me, those I have accounted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I account all things to be loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do account them but dung, 9 that I may gain Christ, And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through faith in 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 made conformable to his death: 11 If by any means I may attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected: but I pursue, if I may apprehend that, for which I was also apprehended by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not account myself to have apprehended. 14 But one thing I do, forgetting the things that are behind, and reaching forth unto the things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded; and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 But whereunto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17 Brethren, be ye followers together of me, and mark them who walk so as ye have us for an example. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, 19 whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; 20 who mind earthly things) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 Who will transform our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, acccording to the mighty working, whereby he is able even to subject all things to himself.