THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
IV. Pursuing Christ to Gain Him
A. Serving by the Spirit
and Not Trusting in the Flesh
1 Finally, my brothers, arejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, for me it is not 1irksome, but for you it is 2safe.
2 1Beware of the 2adogs, beware of the 2evil bworkers, beware of the 2cconcision.
3 For we are the 1acircumcision, the ones who 2serve by the Spirit of God and bboast in Christ Jesus and 3have no confidence in the 4cflesh,
4 Though I myself have something to be confident of in the aflesh as well. If any other man thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the 1aeighth day; of the 2brace of Israel, of the 3tribe of Benjamin, a 4cHebrew born of Hebrews; as to the 5dlaw, a 6ePharisee;
6 As to 1azeal, bpersecuting the church; as to the crighteousness which is in the law, become 2dblameless.
B. Counting All Things Loss
on Account of Christ
7 1But what 2things were gains to me, these I have counted as 3loss 4on account of Christ.
8 1But moreover I 2also count aall things to be loss on account of the 3excellency of the bknowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, 4on account of whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as 5refuse that I may 6cgain Christ
9 And be 1found in Him, 2not having my own arighteousness which is 3out of the law, but that which is through 4bfaith in Christ, the 5crighteousness which is out of God and 6based on faith,
10 To 1aknow Him and the 2bpower of His resurrection and the 3cfellowship of His sufferings, being 4dconformed to His death,
11 If perhaps I may 1attain to the 2aout-resurrection from the dead.
C. Gaining Christ by Pursuing Him
12 1Not that I 2have already aobtained or 3am already 4bperfected, but I 5cpursue, if even I may 6lay hold of 7that for which dI also have been 8laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
13 Brothers, I do 1not account of myself to have laid hold; but one thing I do: 2Forgetting the things which are abehind and 3stretching forward to the things which are before,
14 I 1apursue toward the 2goal for the 3bprize to which God in Christ Jesus has 4ccalled me upward.
15 Let us therefore, as many as are 1afull-grown, have 2bthis mind; and if in anything you are cotherwise minded, this also God will 3dreveal to you.
16 1Nevertheless 2whereunto we have attained, by the 3same rule let us 4awalk.
D. Awaiting Christ for
the Transfiguration of the Body
17 Be aimitators together of me, brothers, and observe those who thus walk even as you have us as a bpattern.
18 For 1many walk, of whom I have told you often and now tell you even aweeping, that they are the enemies of the 2bcross of Christ,
19 1Whose end is adestruction, whose god is their bstomach, and whose glory is in their cshame, who dset their minds on 2earthly things.
20 For our 1acommonwealth exists in the 2bheavens, from which also we eagerly cawait a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 Who will 1atransfigure the 2bbody of our humiliation to be cconformed to the 3body of His dglory, 4according to His operation by which He is able even to esubject all things to Himself.