Philippians 3:1-21, NLT
The Priceless Value of Knowing Christ
1Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters,*3:1 Greek brothers; also in 3:13, 17. rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.
2Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved.
5I 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.
7I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
Pressing toward the Goal
12I 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.
15Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.
17Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example.