1Finally, my brethren, #1 Thess. 5:16rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you itis safe.2#Ps. 22:16, 20; Gal. 5:15; Rev. 22:15Beware of dogs, beware of #Ps. 119:115evil workers, #Rom. 2:28beware of the mutilation! 3For we are #Deut. 30:6; Rom. 2:28, 29; 9:6; (Gal. 6:15)the circumcision, #John 4:24; Rom. 7:6who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 4though #2 Cor. 5:16; 11:18I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I #2 Cor. 11:22, 23more so: 5circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, #Rom. 11:1of the tribe of Benjamin, #2 Cor. 11:22a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, #Acts 23:6a Pharisee; 6concerning zeal, #Acts 8:3; 22:4, 5; 26:9–11persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.7But #Matt. 13:44what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8Yet indeed I also count all things loss #Is. 53:11; Jer. 9:23; John 17:3; 1 Cor. 2:2; (Eph. 4:13)for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in Him, not having #Rom. 10:3my own righteousness, which is from the law, but #Rom. 1:17that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10that I may know Him and the #Eph. 1:19, 20power of His resurrection, and #(Rom. 6:3–5); 2 Cor. 1:5; 1 Pet. 4:13the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11if, by any means, I may #Acts 26:6–8; (1 Cor. 15:23; Rev. 20:5)attain to the resurrection from the dead.