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Philippians 3

The Goal of Life

1Finally, my [a]fellow believers, continue to rejoice and delight in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble for me, and it is a safeguard for you.

Look out for the [b]dogs [the Judaizers, the legalists], look out for the troublemakers, look out for the [c]false circumcision [those who claim circumcision is necessary for salvation]; for we [who are born-again have been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, set apart for His purpose and] are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory and take pride and exult in Christ Jesus and place no confidence [in what we have or who we are] in the flesh— though I myself might have [some grounds for] confidence in the flesh [if I were pursuing salvation by works]. If anyone else thinks that he has reason to be confident in the flesh [that is, in his own efforts to achieve salvation], I have far more: circumcised when I was eight days old, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews [an exemplary Hebrew]; as to the [observance of the] Law, a Pharisee; as to my zeal [for Jewish tradition], a persecutor of the church; and as to righteousness [supposed right living] which [my fellow Jews believe] is in the Law, I proved myself blameless.

But whatever former things were gains to me [as I thought then], these things [once regarded as advancements in merit] I have come to consider as loss [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ [and the purpose which He has given my life]. But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; 11 [d]so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on [e]so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13 [f]Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us stay true to what we have already attained.

17 Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. 18 For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], 19 whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. 20 But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.

Notas al pie

  1. Philippians 3:1 Lit brethren.
  2. Philippians 3:2 Jews often used “dogs” as a derogatory term to refer to Gentiles, so Paul’s reference to his Jewish opponents in this verse is ironic. Most dogs were untamed scavengers and considered disgusting because they ate anything.
  3. Philippians 3:2 Because circumcision was not necessary for salvation, the circumcision demanded by the Judaizers was nothing more than mutilation.
  4. Philippians 3:11 Lit if somehow.
  5. Philippians 3:12 Lit even if I may. Paul knew that he could not really reach perfection in this life, but his goal was to “press on” as if it were attainable.
  6. Philippians 3:13 Lit Brethren.

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Filipenses 3

Plena Confiança em Cristo

1Finalmente, meus irmãos, alegrem-se no Senhor! Escrever-lhes de novo as mesmas coisas não é cansativo para mim e é uma segurança para vocês.

Cuidado com os “cães”, cuidado com esses que praticam o mal, cuidado com a falsa circuncisão[a]! Pois nós é que somos a circuncisão, nós que adoramos pelo Espírito de Deus, que nos gloriamos em Cristo Jesus e não temos confiança alguma na carne, embora eu mesmo tivesse razões para ter tal confiança.

Se alguém pensa que tem razões para confiar na carne, eu ainda mais: circuncidado no oitavo dia de vida, pertencente ao povo de Israel, à tribo de Benjamim, verdadeiro hebreu; quanto à Lei, fariseu; quanto ao zelo, perseguidor da igreja; quanto à justiça que há na Lei, irrepreensível.

Mas o que para mim era lucro, passei a considerar como perda, por causa de Cristo. Mais do que isso, considero tudo como perda, comparado com a suprema grandeza do conhecimento de Cristo Jesus, meu Senhor, por quem perdi todas as coisas. Eu as considero como esterco para poder ganhar Cristo e ser encontrado nele, não tendo a minha própria justiça que procede da Lei, mas a que vem mediante a fé em Cristo, a justiça que procede de Deus e se baseia na fé. 10 Quero conhecer Cristo, o poder da sua ressurreição e a participação em seus sofrimentos, tornando-me como ele em sua morte 11 para, de alguma forma, alcançar a ressurreição dentre os mortos.

Prosseguindo para o Alvo

12 Não que eu já tenha obtido tudo isso ou tenha sido aperfeiçoado, mas prossigo para alcançá-lo, pois para isso também fui alcançado por Cristo Jesus. 13 Irmãos, não penso que eu mesmo já o tenha alcançado, mas uma coisa faço: esquecendo-me das coisas que ficaram para trás e avançando para as que estão adiante, 14 prossigo para o alvo, a fim de ganhar o prêmio do chamado celestial de Deus em Cristo Jesus.

15 Todos nós que alcançamos a maturidade devemos ver as coisas dessa forma, e, se em algum aspecto vocês pensam de modo diferente, isso também Deus lhes esclarecerá. 16 Tão-somente vivamos de acordo com o que já alcançamos.

17 Irmãos, sigam unidos o meu exemplo e observem os que vivem de acordo com o padrão que lhes apresentamos. 18 Pois, como já lhes disse repetidas vezes, e agora repito com lágrimas, há muitos que vivem como inimigos da cruz de Cristo. 19 O destino deles é a perdição, o seu deus é o estômago e eles têm orgulho do que é vergonhoso; só pensam nas coisas terrenas. 20 A nossa cidadania, porém, está nos céus, de onde esperamos ansiosamente o Salvador, o Senhor Jesus Cristo. 21 Pelo poder que o capacita a colocar todas as coisas debaixo do seu domínio, ele transformará os nossos corpos humilhados, tornando-os semelhantes ao seu corpo glorioso.

Notas al pie

  1. 3.2 Grego: mutilação.