Bible: Philippians 3:3-11
3:3 For we are the circumcision, 1 the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, 2 exult in Christ Jesus, and do not rely on human credentials 3 3:4 – though mine too are significant. 4 If someone thinks he has good reasons to put confidence in human credentials, 5 I have more: 3:5 I was circumcised on the eighth day, from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. I lived according to the law as a Pharisee. 6 3:6 In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless. 3:7 But these assets I have come to regard as liabilities because of Christ. 3:8 More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! 7 – that I may gain Christ, 3:9 and be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness 8 – a righteousness from God that is in fact 9 based on Christ’s 10 faithfulness. 11 3:10 My aim is to know him, 12 to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, 13 and to be like him in his death, 3:11 and so, somehow, 14 to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
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