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Philippians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

REACHING FOR THE GOAL           Page 5

V.16 ** Being mindful of the very comforting thought that it is God Himself that enables us to grasp Scriptural truth and apply it to our lives, what does Paul say that we are to do with this Biblical balance?

"...let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained."

** What is the striking difference between this standard and the resurrection from the dead to which Paul referred at the opening of this study?

We have attained to the standard! While not yet obtaining perfection, or the resurrection of our
bodies, we have in this life (by God's marvelous grace) attained to the standard of the Word of God.

** Is it possible to walk away from the standard, to focus on our past failures or forget our moment by
moment dependency upon the Lord?

Yes it is! That is why we must be like the apostle and strive to always be "Reaching for the Goal" of Christlikeness. cf. 1Timothy 6:11-12


** Did Paul spend his days beating himself up for his past sins, or exalt himself because he was an apostle of Jesus Christ?

No - he maintained the proper balance and kept his eyes on the Lord, rather than any preoccupation in self-evaluation. cf. 1Corinthians 4:3-4


** What were the two steps to help us maintain this proper view of ourselves, while we are "Reaching for
the Goal

1) Forget all the lies behind.

a. Possessions and position
b. Our sinful past

2) Reach forward to follow Christ in our "holy calling" of serving God in His name.

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