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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

REACHING FOR THE GOAL           Page 2

Reaching for the Goal


V.12 ** As Paul closed out our study last week, he said it was his desire to "attain to the resurrection from the dead". Has he already accomplished that?

No - "Not that I have already obtained it..."

** To what does Paul equate attaining "to the resurrection from the dead..."?

"...or have already become perfect..." teleioo lit. to bring to an end, to complete

Paul is saying that although God has saved him by His marvelous grace, He [God] is not done with Paul yet, not by a long shot. The process of sanctification will continue throughout the life of the apostle and us as well.

** How would you Biblically substantiate the fact that we will be perfect when we are with Christ?

1Corinthians 13:9-12 - We will "fully know"!
1John 3:2 - "...we shall be like Him..."

** Does the fact the he is not yet perfect discourage or disable Paul in his walk and ministry with Christ?

Absolutely not!

** What does he do, even though he is fully aware of his glaring imperfections?

He "presses on". dioko lit. "to put to flight, to pursue". Unhindered by his known shortcomings, Paul pursues the goal of becoming more like Christ. He believed in the process of sanctification by Christ. cf. Philippians 1:6, 4:13 and 2Thessalonians 2:13

** For what is Paul pressing on toward?

That he may "lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus". Because Jesus had laid hold of Paul, back in Acts 9:4 and 9:15, Paul would now do all that he could to cling to Christ.

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