Confidence in the Flesh
3:1 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.
3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the
3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the
spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence
in the flesh.
3:4 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:
3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of
the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching
the law, a Pharisee;
3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the
righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss
3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for
whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count
them but dung, that I may win Christ,
3:9 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 righteousness which is of God by faith:
3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being
made conformable unto his death;
3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection
of the dead.
3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were
already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend
that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
3:13 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
3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Following Paulís Example
3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus
minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God
shall reveal even this unto you.
3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us
walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them
which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
3:18 (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:
3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly,
and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we
look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be
fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the
working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto