He warneth them to beware of the false teachers of the circumcision,
Philippians 3:1 Moreouer my brethren, reioyce ye in the Lord. It greeueth me not to write the same thyng often to you, for to you it is a sure thyng. Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogges, beware of euyll workers, beware of concision. Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirite, and reioyce in Christ Iesus, and haue no confidence in the fleshe:
shewing that himself hath greater cause than they to trust in the righteousness of the Law:
Philippians 3:4 Though I might also haue confidence in the fleshe. If any other man thinketh that he hath wherof he myght trust in the fleshe, more I: Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eyght day, of the kinred of Israel, of the tribe of Beniamin, an Ebrue of the Ebrues, after the lawe a pharisee, Philippians 3:6 Concernyng feruentnesse, persecutyng the Churche: touchyng ye righteousnesse which is in ye lawe, I was blamelesse.
which notwithstanding he counteth as dung and loss, to gain Christ and his righteousness,
Philippians 3:7 But the thynges that were vauntage vnto me, those I counted losse for Christes sake. Philippians 3:8 Yea, I thynke all thynges but losse, for the excellencie of the knowledge of Christe Iesus my Lorde: For whom I haue counted all thyng losse, & do iudge the but vile, that I may winne Christe, Philippians 3:9 And be founde in hym, not hauyng myne owne ryghteousnesse which is of the lawe: but that which is through the fayth of Christ, the ryghteousnes which commeth of God through fayth: Philippians 3:10 That I may knowe hym, and the power of his resurrection, and the felowshippe of his passions, confirmable vnto his death, Philippians 3:11 If by any meanes, I myght attayne vnto the resurrection of the dead.
therein acknowledging his own imperfection.
Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had alredy attayned, either were alredy perfect: but I folowe, yf that I may comprehende, wherein also I am comprehended of Christe Iesus. Philippians 3:13 Brethren I count not my selfe as yet that I haue attained: but this one thing [I say] I forget those thinges which are behynde, and endeuour my selfe vnto those thynges which are before, Philippians 3:14 And I prease towarde the marke, for the price of the hye callyng of God in Christe Iesus.
He exhorteth them to be thus minded,
Philippians 3:15 Let vs therfore as many as be perfect, be thus mynded, and if ye be otherwyse mynded, God shall reueale the same also vnto you. Philippians 3:16 Neuerthelesse, vnto that which we haue attayned vnto, let vs proceade by one rule, that we may be of one accorde.
and to follow him,
Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be folowers together of me, and loke on them which walke so as ye haue vs for an ensample.
and to decline the ways of carnal Christians.
Philippians 3:18 For many walke, of whom I haue tolde you often, & nowe tel you wepyng, [that they are] the enemies of the crosse of Christe: Philippians 3:19 Whose ende [is] dampnation, whose God [is their] belly, and glorie to their shame, which mynde earthly thynges. Philippians 3:20 But our conuersation is in heauen, from whence also we loke for the sauiour, the Lorde Iesus Christe: Philippians 3:21 Who shall chaunge our vyle body, that it may be fashioned lyke vnto his glorious body, according to the working wherby he is able to subdue all thynges vnto hym selfe.