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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

REACHING FOR THE GOAL           Page 4
V.13 (cont'd.)

** Then the question becomes, "How can we do this?"

All see - 2Timothy 4:7-8 (Read passage)

We must:
1) Fight the good fight
2) Finish the course
3) Keep the faith

** For how long?

Until we receive the "crown [which is] righteousness" from the Lord on "that day".
cf. 2Corinthians 5:10

V.14 ** Back in Philippians 3:14, Paul further develops this idea of "Reaching for the Goal" by using the word "press on" again. What is it that he is pressing on for now?

"...the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." This "calling" is worthy of our pressing on; in that it is a "holy calling", one designed by God to set us apart.cf. 2Timothy 1:8-9

** What are some practical ways in which we can press on toward this "holy calling"?

1) Remember who we are! cf. 1John 3:1
2) Remember Whose we are! cf. 1Corinthians 6:20 and 1Peter 1:18-19

V.15 ** This sounds like a good balance, if we desire to live our lives "Reaching for the Goal" of Christlikeness, we forget those things in our past and press on to what lies ahead. Is Paul now saying that there is a special group of believers that can maintain this balance because they are already perfect?

No - When he refers to "as many as are perfect", he is talking about those who are "maturing" in Christ (which is every believer). He uses a different word here in verse 15 from the one he used back in verse 12. Teleious - lit. "having reached its end, complete, perfect or mature" is referring the work Christ has done in us positionally.
cf. Colossians 2:9-10 (pleroo, to make full, or complete)

** What if we disagree with the Scriptural evaluation of "Reaching for the Goal" of Christlikeness by maintaining this balance?

God will set us straight! cf. Ephesians 1:17, 1Thessalonians 4:9

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