Righteousness Through Faith in Christ
1Finally, my brothers,#3:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 13, 17 #ch. 4:4; 1 Thess. 5:16 rejoice in the Lord. #[2 Pet. 1:12]To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2Look out for #Ps. 22:16, 20; Isa. 56:10, 11; Rev. 22:15; [Gal. 5:15] the dogs, look out for #[2 Cor. 11:13]the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3For #See Rom. 2:29 we are the circumcision, #[John 4:23] who worship #[Gal. 5:25; Jude 20] by the Spirit of God#3:3 Some manuscripts God in spirit and #Rom. 15:17; [Gal. 6:14]glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4#2 Cor. 11:18though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5#See Gen. 17:12 circumcised on the eighth day, #2 Cor. 11:22 of the people of Israel, #Rom. 11:1 of the tribe of Benjamin, #2 Cor. 11:22 a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, #Acts 23:6; 26:5a Pharisee; 6#Acts 22:3, 4; Gal. 1:13, 14 as to zeal, #See Acts 8:3 a persecutor of the church; #[ver. 9]as to righteousness under the law,#3:6 Greek in the law blameless. 7But #[Luke 14:33] whatever gain I had, #[Heb. 11:26]I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of #[2 Cor. 5:15] the surpassing worth of #Isa. 53:11; Jer. 9:23, 24; John 17:3; 2 Pet. 1:3 knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I #Luke 9:25 (Gk.)have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having #Rom. 10:5; [ver. 6] a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but #See Rom. 9:30; 1 Cor. 1:30that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10#[Eph. 4:13] that I may know him and #[Rom. 1:4; 6:5] the power of his resurrection, and #1 Pet. 4:13; See 2 Cor. 1:5may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may #Acts 26:7attain the resurrection from the dead.
Straining Toward the Goal
12Not that I have already #[1 Tim. 6:12, 19] obtained this or #Heb. 11:40; 12:23; [Heb. 5:9]am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: #[Ps. 45:10; Luke 9:62; Heb. 6:1]forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for #1 Cor. 9:24 the prize of the upward #[Heb. 3:1; 1 Pet. 5:10]; See Rom. 8:28call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us who are #1 Cor. 2:6; See Matt. 5:48 mature think this way, and if in anything #[Gal. 5:10] you think otherwise, #[John 7:17]God will reveal that also to you. 16Only #Gal. 6:16let us hold true to what we have attained.
17Brothers, #[ch. 4:9]; See 1 Cor. 4:16 join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk #1 Pet. 5:3according to the example you have in us. 18For #See 2 Cor. 11:13 many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you #[Acts 20:31]even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19#2 Cor. 11:15; [2 Thess. 1:9; 2 Pet. 2:1, 3] Their end is destruction, #See Rom. 16:18 their god is their belly, and #[Hos. 4:7; 2 Cor. 11:12; Gal. 6:13; Jude 13] they glory in their shame, with #Rom. 8:5; Col. 3:2minds set on earthly things. 20But #See Eph. 2:19 our citizenship is in heaven, and #Acts 1:11 from it we #See 1 Cor. 1:7await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform #[1 Cor. 15:43-53] our lowly body #[ver. 10; Col. 3:4]; See Rom. 8:29 to be like his glorious body, #See Eph. 1:19 by the power that enables him even #1 Cor. 15:28to subject all things to himself.