“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.” Philippians 3:2
Watch out for spiritual busybodies, those wicked men who’re only interested in their own appearances. “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: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” Philippians 3:18-19
God’s way of making us right
First and foremost, we are true Christians only if we glory in what Christ Jesus has done for us, and only if we can put our trust and hope in him alone. For him only is God’s way of making us right with him.
Paul says, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” Philippians 3: 8
Paul did put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing, in order that he cold have Christ. Realise that only “…by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Eph 2:8). We are helpless to save ourselves, nothing whatsoever even religiously, nothing you can do, not even your zeal. The only contribution we had to do is put our trust and hope in Christ alone.
Philippians 3:15 says, “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:9-11
Notice who else lives up to my example
“Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” Philippians 3:16-17
Let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Paul here is discussing the methods of acquiring knowledge, concluding that practical knowledge, though teachable, cannot be truly mastered without experience – walk as he walked, mind as he also minded and imitate him also. Philippians 4:9 says, “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Our knowledge of God must equal that written. Your comprehension and insight is best learned from who first achieved it.
- mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample, (vs17).
The enemies of the cross of Christ are people
Also, mark them;
- whose end is destruction,
- whose God is their belly,
- whose glory is in their shame,
- who mind earthly things
- who have confidence in the flesh
“If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:11