1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not irksome to me, and for you it is safe.
3 For we are of the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit, rejoicing in Christ Jesus, and having no confidence in the flesh.
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other thinks he hath whereof to trust in the flesh, I more:
5 having been circumcised on the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of Hebrews, with respect to the law a pharisee,
6 as to zeal persecuting the church, as to the righteousness of the law blameless: but those things,
8 Yea doubtless and I count all but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all, and I account them but dung, that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him,
9 not having my own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is by the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know Him,
10 and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death;
12 not that I have yet won the prize, or am already perfect: but I press forward to acquire that perfection, for which also I have been apprehended by Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have attained it: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to those before,
15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, attend to this: and if in any thing ye think differently, God will reveal this also unto you.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction,
19 whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things) For our conversation is in heaven,
20 from whence also we expect the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ: who will change our vile body,