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Philippians Chapter 3:1-6

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you

Philippians 3:1-6
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Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
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Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!
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For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
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though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:
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circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;
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concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in 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 brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
  2. Who are we to beware of?
    Philippians 3:2
    Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!
  3. Who is the true circumcision (those cut off from the world)?
    Philippians 3:3
    For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
  4. What could Paul have had confidence in?
    Philippians 3:4-6
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    though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:
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    circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;
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    concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Philippians Chapter 3:7-11

For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 3:7-11
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But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
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Yet indeed 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
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and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
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that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
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if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
  1. What things did Paul count as loss?
    Philippians 3:7
    But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
  2. What else did he count as loss? What did he hope to gain by doing this?
    Philippians 3:8
    Yet indeed 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
  3. How did Paul want to be found?
    Philippians 3:9
    and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by 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 the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
  5. What did he hope to attain?
    Philippians 3:11
    if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians Chapter 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 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.
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Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
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I press 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 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.
  2. Why did he forget those things which are behind?
    Philippians 3:13
    Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
  3. What did he press on to?
    Philippians 3:14
    I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians Chapter 3:15-16

Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

Philippians 3:15-16
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Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
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Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
  1. If we are to be mature, what mind are we to have?
    Philippians 3:15
    Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
  2. How are we to walk now?
    Philippians 3:16
    Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

Philippians Chapter 3:17-21

For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ

Philippians 3:17-21
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Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
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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:
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whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who set their mind on earthly things.
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For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
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who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
  1. What did Paul want us to follow? Who are we to note? Who is our pattern?
    Philippians 3:17
    Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
  2. How do many walk? What are they enemies of?
    Philippians 3:18
    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:
  3. What is their end? What do they set their minds on?
    Philippians 3:19
    whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who set their mind on earthly things.
  4. Where is our citizenship? Who do we eagerly wait for?
    Philippians 3:20
    For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the 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 that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.