Paul sacrifices all things for Christ—True ministers set examples of righteousness.
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
3 For we are the acircumcision, which bworship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the cflesh.
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an aHebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a bPharisee;
6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have asuffered the bloss of all things, and do count them but cdung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the arighteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the afellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the adead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already aperfect: but I bfollow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I apress toward the mark for the bprize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be aperfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
17 Brethren, be afollowers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an bensample.
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:
19 Whose aend is destruction, whose God is their belly, band whose glory is in their cshame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the aSaviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall achange our bvile body, cthat it may be fashioned like unto his glorious dbody, according to the working whereby he is able even to esubdue all things unto himself.