“We … have no confidence in the [works of the] flesh.” Paul then took the other side of the issue in succeeding verses. The Judaizing problem did not yet exist in Philippi, but it would, so he warned in advance with regard to the nature of the faultfinders’ arguments. In Corinth and Galatia, the problem had already occurred, and Paul knew that when this element entered Philippi, they would use a certain type of argument. Hence he used the strategy of telling about his own background (verses 4-6) so that the Philippians would be prepared to combat the soon-to-come false reasoning. Paul was giving them a rebuttal in advance.