The Mature Christian Pursuit

Lachlan Grice | Aug 23, 2020

Scripture: Philippians 3:10-4:1

10 My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings,(A) being conformed to his death,(B) 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.

Reaching Forward to God’s Goal

12 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold(C) of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not[a] consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind(D) and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly[b] call in Christ Jesus.(E) 15 Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal(F) this also to you. 16 In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained. 17 Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us. 18 For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross(G) of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory(H) is in their shame; and they are focused on earthly things. 20 Our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious(I) body,(J) by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself.

So then, my dearly loved and longed for brothers and sisters, my joy and crown,(K) in this manner stand firm(L) in the Lord, dear friends.


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