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No Confidence in the Flesh...
For the rest, my brothers, rejoice in YHWH. To write the same matters to you is truly no trouble to me, and for you it is safe.
Look out for dogs, look out for the evil workers, look out for the mutilation!
For we are the circumcision, who are serving Elohim in the Spirit, and boasting in Messiah Yahushua, and do not trust in the flesh,
though I too might have trust in the flesh. If anyone else thinks to trust in the flesh, I more -
circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Yisra'el, of the tribe of Binyamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews, according to Torah a Pharisee,
according to ardour, persecuting the assembly; according to righteousness that is in the law, having become blameless.
But what might have been a gain to me, I have counted as loss, because of Messiah.
What is more, I even count all to be loss because of the excellence of the knowledge of Messiah Yahushua my Master, for whom I have suffered the loss of all, and count them as refuse, in order to gain Messiah,
and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through belief in Messiah, the righteousness which is from Elohim on the basis of belief,
to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
if somehow I might attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Pressing On Toward the Goal...
Not that I have already received, or already been perfected, but I press on, to lay hold of that for which Messiah Yahushua has also laid hold of me.
Brothers, I do not count myself to have laid hold of it yet, but only this: forgetting what is behind and reaching out for what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah Yahushua.
As many, then, as are perfect, should have this mind. And if you think differently in any respect, Elohim shall also reveal this to you.
But to what we have already attained - walk by the same rule, be of the same mind.
Become joint imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
For many - of whom I have often told you, and now say to you even weeping - walk as enemies of the stake of Messiah.
Their end is destruction, their mighty one is their stomach, and their esteem is in their shame - they mind the earthly.
For our citizenship is in the heavens, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Master Yahushua Messiah,
who shall change our lowly body, to be conformed to His esteemed body, according to the working by which He is able even to bring all under His control.