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1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

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1 Deena E = ""beware"Apparently the debate surrounding circumcision reached multiple churches (see Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, and here in Philippians). Paul warns the Philippians to beware of 3 different types of people:dogs: men/women with impure intentionsevil workers: those who labor after a bad natureconcision: mutilatorsIf in the context of circumcision, I imagine he was referring to those who tried to bind new believers with the Law of Moses (particularly impose circumcision on them)."
2 Cary W = "By any and all means we should continue to do good works and seek to obey all of God's commands, while casting off any sense of our own goodness and reward for those works.  We are called into this divine fellowship of God through Christ by grace alone, and we all know that only God is truly, completely good and holy.To count it all loss or as garbage opens the way for us to participate in the Highest life, God's own nature and Spirit and thus through His Spirit performing not just good deeds, but actual miracles, world shaking actions and words, and to see the power of God at work in all things."
3 Cary W = "When we consider the eternal promises of life with God and Christ and the possibility of receiving a resurrection like Jesus, we must be compelled to put all boasting, degrees, awards and possessions into His service, even if it means loosing all to gain Christ and attain to the resurrection of the dead."
4 Cary W = "We do well to set aside everything in the past so that moment by moment we have our eyes set upon knowing Christ, loving Him first before all things and people.As we reach into Him, then our hearts and minds are set to know how to move in the world and how to really love our brothers and sisters."
5 Deena E = ""forget what's behind...press toward the mark"I personally find great encouragement in this because I tend to beat myself up about every little mistake I make. Although Paul is describing his accomplishments here and continuously pressing onward and counting them as a thing of the past, we all need to do the same when we mess up, stumble or get off track. Self-forgiveness is so vital in my moving on/pressing on process.PRESS TOWARD THE MARK...the mark is not apprehended until we are called back home by God."
6 Cary W = "When we are called into God's invisible kingdom through faith in His Son, we are literally translated out of this physical dominion of the flesh and the world, and are given new eyes and ears to hear and see spiritual realities.Jesus promises to perform within us all that the Father performed in Him, namely victory over this world, the devil, and death with the greatest work being a resurrected, eternal body and home, Heaven.  Let us continue to have our conversation in heaven, ever seeking the Savior, so that we receive all His kind and loving will desires to give us."