3:4-17 (New Revised Standard Version)
4 even though
I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else
has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more:
on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe
of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
6 as to zeal,
a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7 Yet whatever
gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.
8 More than that,
I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing
Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all
things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
9 and be found
in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the
law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness
from God based on faith.
10 I want to know
Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his
sufferings by becoming like him in his death,
11 if somehow
I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I
have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but
I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his
13 Beloved, I
do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I
do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies
14 I press on
towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ
15 Let those of
us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently
about anything, this too God will reveal to you.
16 Only let us
hold fast to what we have attained.
17 Brothers and
sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according
to the example you have in us.