Javascript Menu by

Philippians 3

1 Finally, my brothers, be rejoicing in [the] Lord. To be writing the same [things] to you [is] indeed not troublesome to me, but to you [it is] safe. 2 Be looking out for the dogs, be looking out for the workers of evil, be looking out for the mutilation. 3 For we are the circumcision, the [ones] ministering in the spirit of God and boasting in Christ Jesus and not being confident in the flesh, 4 although I [might] also be having confidence in the flesh. If anyone else supposes to be confident in the flesh, I more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, from the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, Hebrew of Hebrews, according to [the] law [I am a] Pharisee, 6 concerning zeal: persecuting the assembly1 , concerning justness in the law: having become blameless. 7 But what [things] were gain to me, these [things] I reckon loss on account of Christ. 8 But indeed I truly reckon everything to be a loss2 on account of the surpassingness of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I lost everything, and reckon it [all] loss in order that I gain Christ, 9 and be found in him, not having my own justness from law, but that [which is] through faith in Christ, the justness from God by faith, 10 that I [may] know him and the ability of his resurrection and [the] fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 if perhaps I will attain to the resurrection from [the] dead, 12 not that I have already received [it] or already completed it, but I pursue [it] if I also [may] attain, for which I was also attained by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers, I do not reckon myself to have yet attained, but one [thing I do], forgetting the [things] behind me, and straining towards the [things] before, 14 I pursue the mark for the prize of the upward3 calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore as many [of us] as [are] complete, be being thus minded. And if [in] anything you are being minded otherwise, this God will reveal to you. 16 Nevertheless to that which we have reached, let us be being in line with the same [thing]. 17 Become imitators of me, brothers, and be noticing those thus walking, just as you have us for [a] pattern. 18 For many walk of whom I was often telling you, but now I tell you weeping, [who are] enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 of whom the end [is] destruction, whose God is the belly and [whose] glory [is] their shame, being minded of earthly [things]. 20 For our citizenship is in the heavens, where we also await [the] savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform the body of our humiliation [that it be] like to the body of his glorification, according to the working by which he is able to subdue everything to himself.

1EKKLESIA (εκκλησια) from "called out". Appears 114 times in the N.T., but only in two places in the Gospels ( Matt.16:18 (twice) and Matt.18:17 (twice)). It's worth noting that when Jesus uses the term EKKLESIA, Christian community as we know it didn't yet exist—there were only the disciples. EKKLESIA is apparently different from 'synagogue' (SYNAGOGE (συναγωγη) which occurs 56 times in the N.T.) EKKLESIA is used in secular Greek literature of a popular assembly 'called to assemble', and also of those 'called' to a cult. EKKLESIA is used frequently in the N.T. outside of the Gospels to refer to Christian communities, but in Acts.7:38 it is used of the people of Israel led through the desert by Moses, and in Acts.19:32 ff. of a secular assembly. Thus, all told, the common translation of EKKLESIA as 'church' doesn't really reflect 1st century usage—it seems to mean more like 'a group of people assembled for some specific purpose'.

2ZEMIOO "zeh-mi-AW-oh" (ζημιoω) to suffer the loss of something which one has previously possessed, with the emphasis on the hardship that this causes.

3or "high"