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February 1st, 2018 - Phil 3:12-14

                   Daily Devotional <> February 1, 2018 <> Thursday

                               The Goal <> Philippians 3:12-14

                          Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul did not consider himself perfected. Perfected does not refer to the previous verse, but to the whole subject of conformity to Christ. Paul had no idea that he could achieve a state of sinlessness or to arrive at a condition in life where no further progress could be achieved.

   So, he presses on in order that the purpose for which the Lord Jesus had saved him might be accomplished. The Apostle had been taken prisoner by Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus. What was the purpose of this meeting? It was that from then on that Paul might be a pattern saint, that God might show through him, what Christ can do with a human life. He was not yet perfectly conformed to Christ. The process was still going on, & Paul was deeply excited that this work of God's grace might continue & deepen.

   This man who had learned to be content with whatever material things he had  (4:11) never could be content with his spiritual attainments. He  did not consider himself to have “arrived,” as we would say today. What then did he do?

   But one thing I do: He was a man with a single purpose.

   Forgetting those things which are behind; would not only mean his sins & failures but also his natural privileges, attainments, & successes which he had described earlier in this chapter, & even his spiritual triumphs.

   And reaching forward to those things which are ahead: the privileges & responsibilities of the Christian life, whether worship, service, or the personal development of Christian Character.

   Looking at himself as a runner in a race. Paul describes himself as exerting every effort toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. The goal is the finish line of life & maybe more particularly the judgment Seat of Christ. The prize, the Crown of Righteousness, which Paul describes as the prize for those who run the race well (2 Timothy 4:8)

   The upward call of God in Christ includes all the purposes that God had in mind in saving us. It includes; Salvation, conformity to Christ, Joint heirs with Him, a home in heaven,& many other Spiritual blessings