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Philippians 3:1-6

For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.

Philippians 3:1-6
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Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
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Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.
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For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—
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though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
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circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
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as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

  1. Who were they to rejoice in? Why was it not tedious for Paul to write the same things again?
    Philippians 3:1
    Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
  2. Who are we to beware of?
    Philippians 3:2
    Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.
  3. Who is the true circumcision (those cut off from the world)?
    Philippians 3:3
    For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—
  4. What could Paul have had confidence in?
    Philippians 3:4-6
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    though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
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    circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
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    as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

Philippians 3:7-11

I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 3:7-11
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But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
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and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
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that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
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that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

  1. What things did Paul count as loss?
    Philippians 3:7
    But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
  2. What else did he count as loss? What did he hope to gain by doing this?
    Philippians 3:8
    Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
  3. How did Paul want to be found?
    Philippians 3:9
    and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
  4. What power did he want to know? What did he want to be conformed to?
    Philippians 3:10
    that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
  5. What did he hope to attain?
    Philippians 3:11
    that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:12-14

Forgetting those things which are behind, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12-14
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Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
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Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
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I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

  1. Had he already attained or become perfect? Why did he press on?
    Philippians 3:12
    Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
  2. Why did he forget those things which are behind?
    Philippians 3:13
    Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
  3. What did he press on to?
    Philippians 3:14
    I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:15-16

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

Philippians 3:15-16
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Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
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Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

  1. If we are to be mature, what mind are we to have?
    Philippians 3:15
    Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
  2. How are we to walk now?
    Philippians 3:16
    Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Philippians 3:17-21

Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many are the enemies of the cross of Christ.

Philippians 3:17-21
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Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
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For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.
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Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
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But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
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who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

  1. What did Paul want us to follow? Who are we to note? Who is our pattern?
    Philippians 3:17
    Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
  2. How do many walk? What are they enemies of?
    Philippians 3:18
    For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.
  3. What is their end? What do they set their minds on?
    Philippians 3:19
    Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
  4. Where is our citizenship? Who do we eagerly wait for?
    Philippians 3:20
    But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
  5. What will Jesus to our body? What is He able to subdue?
    Philippians 3:21
    who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
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