For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and do not [put] confidence in the flesh, Philippians 3:3 (MSG) which walk so as ye have us for an ensample--In English Version of the former clause, the translation of this clause is, "those who are walking so as ye have an example in us." For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh. rule, let us mind the same thing--omitted in the oldest manuscripts. In the former, men trusted in something human, whether descent from the theocratic nation, or the righteousness of the law, or mortification of "the flesh" ("Having confidence," or "glorying in the flesh") [NEANDER] ( Romans 1:9 ). I counted--Greek, "I have counted for Christ's sake loss." 3 For o we are the circumcision, p who worship q by the Spirit of God 1 and r glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh - 4 s though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. unto--towards ( Hebrews 6:1 ). In contrast to our "body" ( Philippians 3:21 ), which our God, the Lord Jesus, shall "fashion like unto His glorious body." His reevaluation indicates the profound and lasting effect of his experience of the meaning of Christ on the way to Damascus some twenty years before (Gal 1:15–16; Acts 9:1–22). The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be. … Observe the power by which this change will be wrought. Philippians 3:3 (TYN) 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. "The righteousness of faith," in Paul's sense, is the righteousness or perfect holiness of Christ appropriated by faith, as the objective ground of confidence for the believer, and also as a new subjective principle of life. Salem Media Group. Philippians 3:4-6 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who in spirit serve God and glory in Christ Jesus, not having confidence in the flesh. Then the body will be made glorious; not only raised again to life, but raised to great advantage. We do not put trust in ourselves or anything we can do. How does it apply to today? For we are the circumcision, who give worship to God and have glory in Jesus Christ, and have no faith in the flesh: Philippians 3:3 (CEB) For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh. For some, it is a weird hairstyle, a piece of clothing, or even their poverty. "The high," or "heavenly calling," is not restricted, as ALFORD thinks, to Paul's own calling as an apostle by the summons of God from heaven; but the common calling of all Christians to salvation in Christ, which coming from heaven invites us to heaven, whither accordingly our minds ought to be uplifted. my Lord--believing and loving appropriation of Him ( Psalms 63:1 , John 20:28 ). ", 17. followers--Greek, "imitators together." 3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 3:3 (LEB) He no longer uses the plural as in "gains"; for he counts them all but one great "loss" ( Matthew 16:26 , Luke 9:25 ). We are the ones who serve by God's Spirit and who boast in Christ Jesus. IV. In these things there is a great difference among real Christians, but all know something of them. But it is not restricted to this meaning, as ALFORD thinks, supposing that Paul used it here intending to close his Epistle, but was led by the mention of the Judaizers into a more lengthened dissertation. Should we also consider ourselves? It is we, not they, who have received the true circumcision, for we worship God by means of his Spirit and rejoice in our life in union with Christ Jesus. for we are the circumcision, who by the Spirit are serving God, and glorying in Christ Jesus, and in flesh having no trust, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise), Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. win--Translate, to accord with the translation, Philippians 3:7 , "gain Christ." 20. our conversation--rather, "our state" or "country"; our citizenship: our life as citizens. Let them join in all the great things in which they are agreed, and wait for further light as to lesser things wherein they differ. have no confidence in the flesh--but in the Spirit. Amplified® Darby I.S.V. See TRENCH [Greek Synonyms of the New Testament]. Perhaps partly inserted from Galatians 6:16 , and Philippians 2:2 . For *we* are the circumcision, who worship by [the] Spirit of God, and boast in Christ Jesus, and do not trust in flesh. . enemies of the cross of Christ--in their practice, not in doctrine ( Galatians 6:14 , Hebrews 6:6 , 10:29 ). 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Literally, "I having," but not using, "confidence in the flesh." Paul has renounced his former life of earning salvation by works and discipline. Eternal life is the gift of God, but it is in Christ Jesus; through his hand it must come to us, as it is procured for us by him. 6:14] glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 # 2 Cor. apprehended--"If so be that I may lay hold on that (namely, the prize, Philippians 3:14 ) for which also I was laid hold on by Christ" (namely, at my conversion, Solomon 1:4 , 1 Corinthians 13:12 ). ἡμεῖς γάρ ἐσμεν ἡ περιτομή, οἱ πνεύματι θεοῦ λατρεύοντες καὶ καυχώμενοι ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἐν σαρκὶ πεποιθότες, Philippians 3:3 (TMB) 8. True knowledge of Christ alters and changes men, their judgments and manners, and makes them as if made again anew. During a recent tour of the Holy Land, Pope Francis was accompanied by Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Muslim leader Omar Abboud. Jesus--omitted in the oldest manuscripts. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh--. We don't put our confidence in rituals performed on the body. the power of his resurrection--assuring believers of their justification ( Romans 4:25 , 1 Corinthians 15:17 ), and raising them up spiritually with Him, by virtue of their identification with Him in this, as in all the acts of His redeeming work for us ( Romans 6:4 , Colossians 2:12 , 3:1 ). . There seems no allusion to circumcision, as no longer glorious, but a shame to them ( Philippians 3:2 ). 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. A "loss" is of something having value; but "refuse" is thrown away as not worthy of being any more touched or looked at. For we are the circumcision, who in spirit serve God and glory in Christ Jesus, not having confidence in the flesh. Thus God's providence fitly prepared him for the work of overthrowing all idea of legal justification. for whom--"on account of whom." Warnings are to alert us to danger and Philippians 3:1-7 is to alert us to the danger of false teachings, namely that of legalism. And it seems to me that if a legitimate alternate reading can be offered, based on the rules of grammar and exegesis, then Philippians 3:3 may not be the bedrock text some folk think it is. It is we, not they, who have received the true circumcision, for we worship God by means of his Spirit and rejoice in our life in union with Christ Jesus. There is a righteousness provided for us in Jesus Christ, and it is a complete and perfect righteousness. Philippians 3:3 (HNV) whose god is their belly--( Romans 16:18 ); hereafter to be destroyed by God ( 1 Corinthians 6:13 ). For we are the circumcision, who serve God in spirit and glory in Christ Jesus, having no confidence in the flesh. (2) His legal preciseness and high status as such. It is mentioned sixteen times. Last of all here, the very name is denied to the legalist, and a term of reproach is substituted, "concision," or flesh-cutting. Let us see what the apostle resolved to cleave to, and that was Christ and heaven. 4. Philippians 3 - Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters,* rejoice in the Lord. The "Hebrew," wherever he dwelt, retained the language of his fathers. Verses 1-11 Sincere Christians rejoice in Christ Jesus. 21. That He is "the Lord," now exalted above every name, assures our expectation ( Philippians 2:9-11 ). 2. Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. blameless--Greek, "having become blameless" as to ceremonial righteousness: having attained in the eyes of man blameless legal perfection. weeping--( Romans 9:2 ). "for we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in … It is authored by Paul the Apostle, probably in the mid-50s or early 60s CE and addressed to the Christians in Philippi. The church is a family. He reached forth, stretched himself forward towards his point; expressions showing great concern to become more and more like unto Christ. Proud member We put no confidence in human effort, For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh—. The power of the Divine Spirit, which raised Him from literal death, is the same which raises believers from spiritual death now ( Ephesians 1:19 Ephesians 1:20 ), and shall raise their bodies from literal death hereafter ( Romans 8:11 ). thus minded--having the mind which he had described, Philippians 3:7-14 . Philippians 3 is the third chapter of the Epistle to the Philippians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. A hard tone in speaking of the inconsistencies of professors is the very opposite of Paul's spirit, and David's ( Psalms 119:136 ), and Jeremiah's ( Jeremiah 13:17 ). III. Concerning--Translate as before and after, "As touching Zeal" (compare Acts 22:3 , 26:9 ). We are the circumcision. NASB E-Prime Young's Compare all. ἡμεῖς γάρ ἐσμεν ἡ περιτομή, οἱ πνεύματι θεοῦ λατρεύοντες καὶ καυχώμενοι ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἐν σαρκὶ πεποιθότες, For we are the Circumcision who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh--. We do not put any trust in external ceremonies. The apostle did not persuade them to do any thing but what he himself did; or to venture on any thing but that on which he himself ventured his never-dying soul. Philippians 3:3 (GNTA) For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Messiah Yeshua, and have no confidence in the flesh; Philippians 3:3 (JUB) Even 'copyist' has not an entirely good meaning, but it does give the thought fairly well. N.A.S.B. We are the true circumcision, we who offer worship by the Spirit of God and rejoice with confidence in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3) In verse 3 the apostle boldly and confidently asserts: “we are the true circumcision” (i.e., we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are the covenant people of God). Philippians 3:3 (NLT) For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. Thus Paul, though settled in Tarsus, a Greek city, calls himself a Hebrew. See 1 Corinthians 9:24 , Hebrews 12:23 . Contrast "mark," or "observe," namely, so as to follow Philippians 3:17 . We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. Philippians 3:3 (NKJV) They are favoured with special Divine revelations. We worship God through his Spirit, and our pride is in Christ Jesus. rejoice in Christ Jesus--"make our boast in Christ Jesus," not in the law: the ground of their boasting. The prophet calls the false prophets dumb dogs, ( Isaiah 56:10 ) ; to which the apostle seems to refer. for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. 3 For o we are the circumcision, p who worship q by the Spirit of God 1 and r glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh - 4 s though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. What Does Philippians 3:3 Mean? Philippians 3:3 (CEBA) evil workers--( 2 Corinthians 11:13 ), "deceitful workers." 3 That I may be a partaker in the sufferings of Christ. glory is in their shame--As "glory" is often used in the Old Testament for God ( Psalms 106:20 ), so here it answers to "whose God," in the parallel clause; and "shame" is the Old Testament term contemptuously given to an idol ( Judges 6:32 , Margin). 1 Paul and Timothy, servants 1 of Christ Jesus,. Before conversion Paul was supremely confident in his Jewish heritage; his fleshly works; his religious practices and strict adherence to the Law, which he zealously promoted. The aim of the "righteousness" just mentioned. "The power of Christ's resurrection" ( Romans 1:4 ), ensures the believer's attainment of the "resurrection from the (rest of the) dead" (compare Philippians 3:20 Philippians 3:21 ). Verses 12-21 This simple dependence and earnestness of soul, were not mentioned as if the apostle had gained the prize, or were already made perfect in the Saviour's likeness. touching the law--that is, as to legal status and strictness. Shalom, I humbly submit for review consideration testing and sharpening. for we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh: Philippians 3:3 (BBE) Here, by "perfect," he means one fully fit for running [BENGEL]; knowing and complying with the laws of the course ( 2 Timothy 2:5 ). Once obligatory on all the covenant-people, then reduced to a mere national distinction, it was more and more associated in the apostle's experience with the open hostility of the Jews, and the perverse teaching of false brethren. mark--for imitation. 11. Philippians 3:3 (KJV) To know HIM is more than merely to know a doctrine about Him. reaching forth--with hand and foot, like a runner in a race, and the body bent forward. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. I more--have more "whereof I might have confidence in the flesh.". Shalom, I humbly submit for review consideration testing and sharpening. We don't put our confidence in rituals performed on the body. ... Philippians 3:6(NASB) Picture courtesy of Tissot - Wikimedia Commons. - Philippians 3:3. by Thomas Manton. Does he question the assurance of his salvation? Philippians 3:3-11 Righteousness Through Faith in Christ. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. In this in-between state, Paul cannot possibly base his confidence for public ministry on the status his gender grants him; rather, his confidence resides in hope of sharing all that belongs to the groom, Christ. Inference is not exegesis. The Christian is always humbled by the contrast between what he is and what he desires to be. The Jews regarded the Gentiles as "dogs" ( Matthew 15:26 ); but by their own unbelief they have ceased to be the true Israel, and are become "dogs" (compare Isaiah 56:10 Isaiah 56:11 ). λατρεύοντες, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. often--There is need of constant warning. Philippians 3:3 (NIV) (Q) What does Philippians 3:3 mean? Verse Thoughts. For we are the Circumcision who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh--, Philippians 3:3 (TMBA) #2 “I … Philippians 3:4. Our spiritual resurrection now is the pledge of our bodily resurrection to glory hereafter ( Philippians 3:20 , Romans 8:11 ). Nay, he not only counted them loss, but the vilest refuse, offals thrown to dogs; not only less valuable than Christ, but in the highest degree contemptible, when set up as against him. Philippians 3:3 (Amplified® Bible) A.F.V A.S.V. Book Notes Barnes' Book Notes Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Book Notes Robertson's Book Notes (NT) Commentaries Adam Clarke Barnes' Notes Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's … 1 That I may know Christ. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. 15:17; [Gal. This is a great question as this contrasts between the true, spiritual circumcision, which is of the heart and the physical one, which was only an external sign or a seal. Philippians 3:3 (WEB) 7. gain--rather as Greek, "gains"; including all possible advantages of outward status, which he had heretofore enjoyed. Not only "have I counted" those things just mentioned "loss for Christ's sake, but, moreover, I even DO count ALL things but loss," &c. for the excellency--Greek, "On account of the surpassing excellency (the supereminence above them all) of the knowledge of Christ Jesus." made conformable unto his death--"conformed to the likeness of His death," namely, by continued sufferings for His sake, and mortifying of the carnal self ( Romans 8:29 , 1 Corinthians 15:31 , 2 Corinthians 4:10-12 , Galatians 2:20 ). Philippians 3:3-11 Exploring the Passage. forgetting those things . There is a significant contrast between the citizens of earth as described in Philippians 3:18-19 and the citizens of heaven as described in Philippians 3:20-21. b. end--fixed doom. Revelation 2:10 , "crown of life." Philippians 3:3 (NAS) Believers make Christ all in all, and set their hearts upon another world. a Pharisee--"of the straitest sect" ( Acts 26:5 ). Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! The image is that of a race course throughout. In contrast to Philippians 3:20 , Colossians 3:2 . is--Greek, "has its existence." We are undone, without righteousness wherein to appear before God, for we are guilty. For we are the Bnei HaMilah [Ro 2:29; Co 2:11-12], the ones whose avodas kodesh is by the Ruach Hakodesh [Yn 4:23; Ro 8:4] and whose kavod is in Moshiach Yehoshua and who take no bitachon in the basar. of If they differ from one another, and are not of the same judgment in lesser matters, yet they must not judge one another; while they all meet now in Christ, and hope to meet shortly in heaven. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 11:18 though I myself have reason for We are the [true] circumcised people [of God] because we serve God's Spirit and take pride in Christ Jesus. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. We do not put confidence in human qualifications, Philippians 3:3 (CSB) A "Grecian" or Hellenist, on the other hand, in the New Testament, is the term used for a "Greek-speaking" Jew [TRENCH]. 3,872 3 3 gold badges 17 17 silver badges 43 43 bronze badges. Amplified® Darby I.S.V. # To be taken possession of by Christ does not mean that one has already arrived at perfect spiritual maturity. Folks must have something in which to glory, even if it is their sin, their shame, Philippians 3.19. Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Paul was close to "apprehending" the prize ( 2 Timothy 4:7 2 Timothy 4:8 ). The Bible is our landmark to show us whether we are progressing or retrograding. beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! He who counts himself perfect, must deceive himself by calling sin infirmity ( 1 John 1:8 ); at the same time, each must aim at perfection, to be a Christian at all ( Matthew 5:48 ). In Philippians 3:3 we are reading that we worship God who is the indirect object because the worship of God is the catalyst for rejoicing in Christ and having no confidence in the flesh. The Philippian church was one of the first churches that Paul planted. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. asked Jul 28 '15 at 22:59. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. Dogs, for their malice against faithful professors of the gospel of Christ, barking at them and biting them. 1. Philippians 1:3 Meaning of I Thank My God Every Time I Remember You. We don't place any confidence in physical things. He forgot the things which were behind, so as not to be content with past labours or present measures of grace. either were already perfect--"or am already perfected," that is, crowned with the garland of victory, my course completed, and perfection absolutely reached. have. Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. We do not put trust in ourselves or anything we can do. Not simply "evildoers" are meant, but men who "worked," indeed, ostensibly for the Gospel, but worked for evil: "serving not our Lord, but their own belly" ( Philippians 3:19 ; compare Romans 16:18 ). Philippians chapter 3 speaks about Christ as the proper focus during times of suffering. 6. The expectation of a new revelation is not to make you less careful in walking according to whatever degree of knowledge of divine things and perfection you have already attained. For a comprehensive study of the passage, download the Study Guide (PDF download). For some it is their church or their ministry. May 5, 2020 Sep 2, 2020 by Editor in Chief. His very next thought is to “Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.” How might the influence of these people keep the Philippians … Our High Priest is gone up into the Holy of Holies not made with hands, there to atone for us; and as the Israelites stood outside the tabernacle, expecting Aaron's return (compare Luke 1:21 ), so must we look unto the heavens expecting Christ thence. dogs--Greek, "the dogs," namely, those impure persons "of whom I have told you often" ( Philippians 3:18 Philippians 3:19 ); "the abominable" (compare Revelation 21:8 , with Revelation 22:15 , Matthew 7:6 , Titus 1:15 Titus 1:16 ): "dogs" in filthiness, unchastity, and snarling ( Deuteronomy 23:18 , Psalms 59:6 Psalms 59:14 Psalms 59:15 , 2 Peter 2:22 ): especially "enemies of the cross of Christ" ( Philippians 3:18 , Psalms 22:16 Psalms 22:20 ). To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. I--whatever others count as to themselves. The events around the birth of this church were dramatic. Read Introduction to Philippians “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” The legalistic and the grace ways of life are polar opposites. This seems to be the meaning of Philippians 3:3. Our "hope" is, that Christ, by His rising from the dead, hath obtained the power, and is become the pattern, of our resurrection ( Micah 2:13 ). The believer prefers Christ, knowing that it is better for us to be without all worldly riches, than without Christ and his word. Nor can we too earnestly guard against those who oppose or abuse the doctrine of free salvation. To all the a saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the b overseers 2 and c deacons: 3. Paul taught externally God "reveals" the truth internally by His Spirit ( Matthew 11:25 , 16:17 , 1 Corinthians 3:6 ). 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