Our footsteps must not swerve from the line in which we have hitherto trodden. Maybe your doing okay, but does there still seem a long way to go? Is this the attitude of your soul? 4:11-16). This is an intense striving or pursuit of the goal. Only the righteousness of faith allowed him to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Concerning sin; “Flee immorality” (1 Cor. "One day," says Bunyan, "as I was passing into the field, and that too with some fear dashed on my conscience, fearing lest yet all was not right, suddenly, this sentence fell upon my soul, 'Thy righteousness is in Heaven,' and methought withal, I saw with the eyes of my soul, Jesus Christ at God's right hand: there was my righteousness; I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame of heart that made my righteousness worse; for my righteousness was Jesus Christ Himself, 'The same yesterday, to-day, and for ever'.". In regards to the positive things, I can assure you that they can only continue to happen as each of us is diligent to press on in our own Christian walk and use our God given gifts in serving the Lord and one another. Psalm 98:2 (Figurative - spiritual truth revealed) The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed (Lxx = apokalupto) His righteousness (Jesus - Jer 23:6, 2Pe 1:1) in the sight of the nations. Hebrews 12:1,2 puts it this way, “. Hast thou attained unto this? It is good to review to critique (positive and negative) so that you can improve in the present, but do not allow yourself to become complacent or lethargic in your Christian life. Put your maximum effort to pressing on to grow and become more like Christ. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of [it] yet; but one thing [I do]: forgetting what [lies] behind and reaching forward to what [lies] ahead.”. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.” Paul even wanted to know the fellowship of His suffering, for as I said last week, there is an aspect of a deep fellowship with Christ that only those who suffer for Him can know. 2. The phrase translated “lay hold” here (katalambanw / katalambanô) is simply an intensification of the same word translated as “obtain” at the beginning of the verse.
Comment: A T Robertson says that "It is a revelation from God, this God kind of righteousness, that man unaided could never have conceived or still less attained. Recognize the areas you still need to grow. Nevertheless, we must live up to what we have already attained. They are otherwise in spiritual darkness and are deceived by their sin [see He 3:13]. 9:24-27). Let us get the rule within us; get the articles of faith and assurance of the promises, and let this be betimes while we are young.
(NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: All of us who are spiritually adult should set ourselves this sort of ambition, and if at present you cannot see this, yet you will find that this is the attitude which God is leading you to adopt. The Christian’s focus in upon Christ and not what lies behind, or is off to the side. Paul would find himself not doing what he would like to do, but instead doing the very thing he hated (15). Thus apokalupto means to "take the lid off", to remove the cover and thereby to expose to open view that which had heretofore not been visible, known or disclosed. When the morning bursts suddenly on one wakened out of sleep, it dazzles and pains him; but to him who on his journey has blessed the dawn, and walked by its glimmer, the solar radiance brings with it a gradual and cheering influence. You must forget things which have become dear to you, but which have hindered you, clinging to you as barnacles to the bottom of the great steamer, hindering its progress.
Paul here includes himself in the group of spiritual adults (see Heb. What is the danger of an “encumbrance” in Heb. Turn again to Philippians 3. They then [do it] to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Hebrews 5:14 (note): But solid food is for the mature (teleios), who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. But he expresses the confidence that if a person is really willing to know the truth of the matter, God will reveal it to him. (Amplified Bible - Lockman), Barclay: Let all of you who have graduated in the school of Christ have the same attitude of mind to life. We must never really get beyond it in this life. What does it mean in vs. 12 to “press on”? 3:9). But what is that goal?
Marriage is a good analogy of this. This is not something that happens easily. What rewards are available from God to believers? Be faithful in prayer, for by it we help one another to be made complete and abounding in love (2 Cor. Do you ever consider the Christian life to be difficult? There will always be room to be a better husband or wife. He is horrified to think that if he had not known the light which came from the risen Lord, he might have gone forward to face the Great White Throne, and only then have discovered his mistake. The revelation which the apostle promises they should enjoy, had for its purpose to remove such disagreement, and bring them to his mind (cp 1Cor 4:16, 11:1, 1Th 1:6-note). The full tide of human opposition surges up against them, as an adverse current which breaks in clouds of spray on the undaunted progress of an ocean steamer. Are you confident of yours?
“Let us keep on thinking this,” viz. Paul had already suffered much in the cause of Christ, and his response to it is recorded in 2 Cor. Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. You must forget all that, and from this day must confess that you have not attained, that you are not perfected, but are going to climb to the rare heights of Christ-likeness; always doing what Christ would do, if He were in your place; always taking as the sufficient question of your life, "What would Jesus do if He were situated as I am?". “mortify (put to death) therefore the members of your earthly body (Col. 3:5). Talk with your parents about what it means to be mature in Christ and how develop your walk with Him. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. As alluded to above MacArthur raises the possibility that the different attitude was in fact the attitude of some that they had arrived at perfection, which may have also been a jab at Judaizers in the midst of the believers (cp the context - "enemies of the cross of Christ" - Php 3:18-note).
The wreath denoted the won who wore it as worthy of honor. 12:1) and be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. Ruth 3:4 (Literal) “It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.”.
If they do have a different attitude, Paul will leave them to God’s correction. After warning the Philippians to beware of the “dogs,” “evil workers” and “false circumcision” who would seek to lead them astray from the gospel, Paul went on to clearly state the reasons why.
(The Ryrie Study Bible). "What have you to show that will cause the gate to open, when you come to it?" In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Mt 10:26 (see Luke 12:2) Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. NAS = follow(1), living(1), walk(2), walk orderly(1).
Philippians 3:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Philippians 3:16, NIV: "Only let us live up to what we have already attained." (Reference). (Spurgeon on Philippians). What has Paul been talking about in Philippians 3:1-11?
This is what the Cross means, and this involved Calvary. I remember the movie Chariot’s of Fire which dealt with the missionary Eric Liddel and his participation in the Olympic games in Paris. Eerdmans, Richards, L O: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency, F. B. Meyer. His clothing is light-weight and somewhat lose fitting so that it does not hinders him. There are several varieties of perfectionism, but the basic idea is that at some point in your Christian life you reach a stage of maturity in which you no longer sin. What race are you running in? The Room of Intimate Fellowship with Jesus. God will reveal - Paul is saying if you don't agree, the only thing he can do is turn the case over to God. He will correct them through His Word, His Spirit, or through chastening. That picture is of the overthrow of Pharaoh; and that of the destruction of Midian; and that of the defeat of those mighty Assyrian hosts which menaced Hezekiah; and here are the cross and empty grave--symbols of the victory of the Son of God over the world, the flesh, and the devil. And if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God will reveal even this to you." 1Corinthians 2:10 For to us God revealed them (What? Let us compare our experience with our rule.
Presently the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless abyss makes war against them, and overcomes and kills them, and their dead bodies lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified; but after three days and an half the Spirit of Life from God enters into them, and they stand upon their feet, and they hear a great voice from heaven saying unto them, "Come up hither."
3:21). . All claims to eradicate sin in this life are false.
Keep on thinking this way, remaining focused on pursuing the goal of Christlikeness and more generally having the mind Paul had described in Philippians 3:7-14 (notes) where he began by explaining the things he had counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:12-16.
3, Page 1-451). (PAN), Amplified: Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that. Matthew 11:25 (see Lk 10:21) At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
(Wuest, K. S. Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans or Logos).
Not at all. So did the apostle “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Spurgeon on Philippians).
NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. Have you stood beneath the light of God till you abhorred yourself? (From lambanw / lambanô – to take, obtain, receive).
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