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Philippians 3 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Priceless Value of Knowing Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:1 - Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters,[fn] rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:2 - Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:3 - For we who worship by the Spirit of God[fn] are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:4 - though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:5 - I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:6 - I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:7 - I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:8 - Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:9 - and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.[fn] For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:10 - I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:11 - so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
Pressing toward the Goal
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:12 - I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:13 - No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[fn] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:14 - I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:15 - Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:16 - But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:17 - Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:18 - For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:19 - They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:20 - But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 3:21 - He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
NLT Footnotes
Greek brothers; also in 3:13, 17.
Some manuscripts read worship God in spirit; one early manuscript reads worship in spirit.
Or through the faithfulness of Christ.
Some manuscripts read not yet achieved it.

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