July 13, 2019

Episode 21 – Straining Towards the Goal

Posted in: Show Notes

Paul reminds us in today’s text to keep pressing on towards the goal in Christ Jesus! To remain steadfast and faithful.  To imitate him as he imitates Christ. He encourages us to not set our minds on earthly things like the enemies of the cross do, but to set our minds on Heaven. Our citizenship is in heaven and one day we will be with Christ.  Be encouraged!

Philippians 3:12-21

  • Verse 12, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
    • Leading up to this verse, Paul is using his life as an example of the hope he has in Christ alone
    • “This” meaning perfection. Paul is still a sinful man.
    • Cross reference: Hebrews 11, The Hall of Faith 
    • Mathew 7:15-20, A Tree and Its Fruit
  • Verse 13, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”
    • Forgetting who you were before Christ, and putting your hope in Him.
    • Cross Reference: Luke 9:62
    • Lamentations 3:22-24
  • Verse 14, “…I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
    • The Greek word for “goal” is “the finish line”. 
    • “The prize” is referring to eternal life in Heaven.
  • Verse 15, “Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.” 
    • The Greek word for “mature” is “perfect”.  This is the same meaning of the word “perfect” from verse 12.  
    • Even those who are “mature” as believers have not yet completed the process of sanctification.
  • Verse 17, “Brothers join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
    • That we would imitate Jesus, the one Paul is imitating.  
    • Who are the people you are imitating?  Are they imitating Jesus? 
    • Are you plugged in to a local church where you can find people who have been following Jesus longer than you? 
  • Verse 18, “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.
    • Referring to the Judiazers and false prophets
  • Verse 20-21, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” 
    • We reference this verse in the episode where we discuss Chapter 1.
    • We should live and look different from the world because our citizenship is not of this world.

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