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Philippians 3:10
A model for prayer
Ephesians 3:14-19
Remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ
Jude 17-21
Those who conquer will eat of the tree of life.
Revelation 2:1-7
Pray and Walk to make known the mystery of Christ
Colossians 4:2-6
Rejoice always, be gentle with everyone, pray your anxieties, and practice what you have learned.
Philippians 4:4-9
Build yourselves up in the holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit
Jude 17-21
Stand firm with the mind of Christ
Philippians 4:1–3
Only God is strong enough to create contentment in all circumstances.
Philippians 4:10-23
Don't put confidence in the flesh. Instead, boast in Jesus by considering everything as rubbish compared to Jesus.
Philippians 3:1-11
You will gain honor by sacrificing yourself for the work of Christ.
Philippians 2:25-30
Timothy seeks the interests of others because he is a faithful servant of Christ for the sake of the gospel.
Philippians 2:20
Those who do all things without grumbling or disputing will shine and rejoice.
Philippians 2:12-18
Seek to have the mindset of Christ in order to work out your salvation.
Philippians 2:1-13
Behave as citizens worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Philippians 1:12-30
Deep assurance that God will save leads to deep prayer for God to save.
I am confident that God will save, so I pray that he will.
Sin will lead to being salted with fire but salt will lead to peace
Mark 9:42-50
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Press On Toward the Goal
Philippians 3:12-21
God has not completed your salvation, so press on.
Published December 21st, 2016
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Your salvation is not yet complete, so press on in order to avoid destruction and gain glory.
Philippians 3:12-4:1
Οὐχ ὅτι ἤδη ἔλαβον
Not that I have already l obtained this
ἢ ἤδη τετελείωμαι,
or m am already perfect,
διώκω δὲ
but I press on
εἰ καὶ καταλάβω,
to make it my own,
ἐφʼ ᾧ καὶ κατελήμφθην ὑπὸ Χριστοῦ [Ἰησοῦ].
because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
ἀδελφοί, ἐγὼ ἐμαυτὸν οὐ λογίζομαι κατειληφέναι•
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.
ἓν δέ,
But one thing I do:
τὰ μὲν ὀπίσω ἐπιλανθανόμενος
n forgetting what lies behind
τοῖς δὲ ἔμπροσθεν ἐπεκτεινόμενος,
and straining forward to what lies ahead,
κατὰ σκοπὸν διώκω εἰς τὸ βραβεῖον τῆς ἄνω κλήσεως τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.
I press on toward the goal for o the prize of the upward p call of God in Christ Jesus.
Ὅσοι οὖν τέλειοι, τοῦτο φρονῶμεν•
Let those of us who are q mature think this way,
καὶ εἴ τι ἑτέρως φρονεῖτε,
and if in anything r you think otherwise,
καὶ τοῦτο ὁ θεὸς ὑμῖν ἀποκαλύψει•
s God will reveal that also to you.
πλὴν εἰς ὃ ἐφθάσαμεν, τῷ αὐτῷ στοιχεῖν.
Only t let us hold true to what we have attained.
Συμμιμηταί μου γίνεσθε, ἀδελφοί,
Brothers, u join in imitating me,
καὶ σκοπεῖτε τοὺς οὕτως περιπατοῦντας
and keep your eyes on those who walk
καθὼς ἔχετε τύπον ἡμᾶς.
v according to the example you have in us.
πολλοὶ γὰρ περιπατοῦσιν
For w many,
οὓς πολλάκις ἔλεγον ὑμῖν,
of whom I have often told you
νῦν δὲ καὶ κλαίων λέγω,
and now tell you x even with tears,
τοὺς ἐχθροὺς τοῦ σταυροῦ τοῦ Χριστοῦ,
walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.
ὧν τὸ τέλος ἀπώλεια,
y Their end is destruction,
ὧν ὁ θεὸς ἡ κοιλία
z their god is their belly,
καὶ ἡ δόξα ἐν τῇ αἰσχύνῃ αὐτῶν,
and a they glory in their shame,
οἱ τὰ ἐπίγεια φρονοῦντες.
with b minds set on earthly things.
ἡμῶν γὰρ τὸ πολίτευμα ἐν οὐρανοῖς ὑπάρχει,
But c our citizenship is in heaven,
ἐξ οὗ καὶ σωτῆρα ἀπεκδεχόμεθα κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν,
and d from it we e await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
ὃς μετασχηματίσει τὸ σῶμα τῆς ταπεινώσεως ἡμῶν σύμμορφον τῷ σώματι τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ
who will transform f our lowly body g to be like his glorious body,
κατὰ τὴν ἐνέργειαν τοῦ δύνασθαι αὐτὸν καὶ ὑποτάξαι αὐτῷ τὰ πάντα.
h by the power that enables him even i to subject all things to himself.
Ὥστε, ἀδελφοί μου ἀγαπητοὶ καὶ ἐπιπόθητοι, χαρὰ καὶ στέφανός μου, οὕτως στήκετε ἐν κυρίῳ, ἀγαπητοί.
Therefore, my brothers, 1 whom I love and j long for, k my joy and l crown, m stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
This passage can be broken into 2 parts: How Paul thinks about his salvation Exhortation for us to think the same way Paul does not consider his salvation complete. Although Paul is sure of God's faithfulness to complete the work he began (Philippians 1:6), he knows that it is not yet complete. Therefore, he must press on toward the goal. Paul then exhorts the Philippians to think this way and to imitate others who think this way. Paul gives two reasons for this: (1) the alternative to thinking this way is destruction, and (2) the result of this kind of thinking this way is glory.
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