Perhaps, too, it was something of the same sort that made Alexander weep when he had conquered India. The stopping of St. Paul in his career, the setting of the truth before him — all that was done for him. "We shall be saved" say some, "but not till death." M. Taylor, D. D.)The misfortune of a realized idealW. Benjamin D. Boeshaar | Philippians 3:12-16 . The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was usually depicted as a man with two faces. Perhaps, too, it was something of the same sort that made Alexander weep when he had conquered India. NET New English Translation. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this (righteousness through faith in Christ), or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. In this frame of mind it occurred to me to put the question directly to myself: 'Suppose that all your objects in life were realized; that all the changes in institutions and opinions which you are looking forward to could be completely effected at this very instant; would this be a great joy and happiness to you?' Christ has come to you through the faithful preacher, and brought you to a standstill by the death of some companion, or laid His hand upon you in sickness, and held you to your couch face to face with the question: "Have I been living a life such as an immortal man should live? I seemed to have nothing left to live for." The reference is to the circumstances of His conversion.1. In this second part, he discusses his active pursuit of this goal, and invites the Philippians to join him. Christ got possession of Paul's heart by assuring him of His grace. I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. Sign in sf975 - Looking Back And Moving On (Philippians 3 13-14) ... Philippians 1:20-21 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. as well as his aspiration for higher holiness. "This one thing I do." July 7, 2019. Earl Nightingale tells us to envision our goals every day, and before we know it we will have obtain. The reference is to the circumstances of His conversion.1. III. 1. M. Taylor, D. D.Who that has read that melancholy autobiography left behind him by John Stuart Mill can help recalling here the description which he has given of that which might have been the religious crisis of his life? NLT New Living Translation. I seemed to have nothing left to live for." But alas! Pressing Toward the Goal (Philippians 3:12-4:1) by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson Audio (32:48) Free E-mail Bible Study Discipleship Training in Luke's Gospel. Thus, therefore, he was confronted with the great question: "Shall I go on and be content with the hollowness of Phariseeism and its inevitable issue? Philippians 3:12-16. This is our hope and our consolation. Yet he did not go to sleep over the singularity of his conversion; nor rock himself in the cradle of his apostolic success, nor soothe himself with the opiate of his official position. From evil tempers. 3. If any man might have been excused for cherishing feelings of complacency it was Paul. Thus even to him, nurtured though he had been in atheism, and educated without a religion, the Saviour came, laying on him His arresting hand, and beseeching him to adopt a more stable foundation for his life. The same happy privilege St. Paul asserts from his own experience (2 Corinthians 10:4, etc).3. He tells us about the specifics of following Christ. Philippians 3:12-20 New International Version (NIV). Philippians 3:12-14. Pressing On. From evil tempers. From evil tempers. I. And even thence it follows, neither have Christians (Luke 6:40). (2) There is here the concentration of all energies. (John Wesley, M. Browse Sermons on Philippians 3. July 25, 2002. (1) Young man, as you have been devoting yourself to the idolatry of wealth, or to the pursuit of pleasure or ambition, you have been laid hold of. Don't be always recounting the story of your conversion. Philippians 3:12-21 New Living Translation (NLT) Pressing toward the Goal. That he made it the one great business of his life to realize the blessings of the gospel, both in this life and the next (vers. "(b)No man can say I have not sinned, have no sin to be cleansed from. A dispersion of energies is fatal to success in any work. Philippians, Sermon Manuscripts, Sermon Series; PRESSING TOWARD THE MARK Rev. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. Paul’s life is focused on one thing and one thing only:  the prize. This argues a high estimate of a Christian's duty. Philippians 3:7-10).2. III. They are free from evil thoughts. He felt he had done all that was in him; that, in a word, he had overtaken his ideal, and so henceforward the joy of his art for him was gone. PAUL WAS NOT CONTENT WITH A MERE PARTIAL ATTAINMENT of that which Christ had set before him.1. 12-14 and 7-9). This is evident again from the declaration, "Everyone that is perfect shall be as His Master." Guarded and Grounded. Philippians 3:12 ESV Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Share: Paul certainly gained a new perspective on life. 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22' KJV King James Version. They are free from evil thoughts. Forget even your joining the Church. "We shall be saved" say some, "but not till death." His words are full of joyful exhilaration. Tell us less of what is behind. Conclusion: Thus doth Christ save His people from their sins. "(2) My middle-aged friend, you know about this too. (1) Young man, as you have been devoting yourself to the idolatry of wealth, or to the pursuit of pleasure or ambition, you have been laid hold of. In this aspiration there was the evidence that he had made some progress.3. The society, employments, joys of heaven, will make us fully and forever blest. (c)But God is ready to save us from past and future sins. Once a persecutor of Christians, he was suddenly delighted to be part of the persecuted. He has always the joy of advancement, while yet there is ever something more in Christ beckoning him forward.(W. In this second part, he discusses his active pursuit of this goal, and invites the Philippians to join him. CSB Christian Standard Bible. or shall I go back and build my life anew after the matchless pattern which has been set before me?" But what can the world do for you, that for its sake you should put away from you the glorious heritage which Jesus promises?III. Philippians 3:7-10).2. His words are full of joyful exhilaration. No, ever his eye was fixed on Christ. PAUL WAS NOT CONTENT WITH A MERE PARTIAL ATTAINMENT of that which Christ had set before him.1. All my happiness was to have been found in the continual pursuit of this end. he, too, made "the great refusal," and deliberately put away from him that which would have furnished him with a model that can never lose its relative superiority, no matter how we ourselves may grow, and with a motive that can never lose its power.(W. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. TO WHAT IS THE WORK OF CONVERSION EXPECTED TO LEAD? The joy of the soul is inseparably connected with the effort to reach that which is above it.2. The end had ceased to charm, and how could there ever again be any interest in the means? M. Taylor, D. D.)LinksPhilippians 3:12 NIVPhilippians 3:12 NLTPhilippians 3:12 ESVPhilippians 3:12 NASBPhilippians 3:12 KJVPhilippians 3:12 Bible AppsPhilippians 3:12 ParallelPhilippians 3:12 Biblia ParalelaPhilippians 3:12 Chinese BiblePhilippians 3:12 French BiblePhilippians 3:12 German BiblePhilippians 3:12 CommentariesBible Hub, (c)Verse 9 explains both verses 10 and 8.We are cleansed from all unrighteousness that we may go and sin no more. Bkmrk. Look forward.IV. Thus even to him, nurtured though he had been in atheism, and educated without a religion, the Saviour came, laying on him His arresting hand, and beseeching him to adopt a more stable foundation for his life. The same happy privilege St. Paul asserts from his own experience (2 Corinthians 10:4, etc).3. Up to this time he had been seeking external things, but now with the vision of Christ there came upon him the conviction that even if he gained all these things he would still be fatally defective in the highest elements of his being. Christ got possession of Paul's life. Notes. M. Taylor, D. D.)Apprehended but not apprehendingW. The same happy privilege St. Paul asserts from his own experience (2 Corinthians 10:4, etc).3. He felt he had done all that was in him; that, in a word, he had overtaken his ideal, and so henceforward the joy of his art for him was gone. On our way back from New Hampshire, Grace and I stopped at Niagara Falls. But the Christian is delivered from this danger. PAUL WAS APPREHENDED BY CHRIST or laid hold of. From mistake. There is no note of despondency. He realized that he had not yet arrived and humbly accepted his status of imperfection. There is here, therefore, a human agency as well as a Divine. But the Christian is delivered from this danger. If any man might have been excused for cherishing feelings of complacency it was Paul. To perfection. In this aspiration there was the evidence that he had made some progress.3. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. But thoughts concerning evil are not always evil thoughts. M. Taylor, D. D.I. Philippians 3:12-14 . A. This is evident again from the declaration, "Everyone that is perfect shall be as His Master." M. Taylor, D. D.)Apprehended but not apprehendingW. No, ever his eye was fixed on Christ. He had to choose for himself whether or no he would transfer himself from the service of the world to the service of Christ.2. Christ had just been delivering some of the sublimest doctrines of Christianity, and some most grievous to flesh and blood — "Love your enemies," etc. Not as though I had attained, either were already perfect. He declares —(a)"The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin. Perhaps, too, it was something of the same sort that made Alexander weep when he had conquered India. The joy of the soul is inseparably connected with the effort to reach that which is above it. The reference is to the circumstances of His conversion.1. All my happiness was to have been found in the continual pursuit of this end. He had filled in the outline of his life which he had made for himself, and thought not that there was yet another world left him where conquest would be far more honourable, even the world within himself. But when the fulness of the times was come, etc. )Apprehended that I may apprehendW. NKJV New King James Version. There is useful instruction about the local church. In 3:12 Paul says that he is not perfect, but in 3:15 he implies that he and some of his readers are perfect. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. Jewish people viewed history in 2 stages:  present age and the age to come. I seemed to have nothing left to live for." All my happiness was to have been found in the continual pursuit of this end. But alas! Pressing On – Philippians 3:12-16 (Greek words can be viewed using the Symbol font) Sermon Study Sheets. PAUL WAS APPREHENDED BY CHRIST or laid hold of. But not every one who has been laid hold of has thus responded to the Lord's appeal — the young ruler who went away sorrowful; Herod, Felix, Agrippa.3. Philippians 3:7-10).2. People will be perfect again. But thoughts concerning evil are not always evil thoughts. Look forward.IV. Christ had just been delivering some of the sublimest doctrines of Christianity, and some most grievous to flesh and blood — "Love your enemies," etc. Yet he did not go to sleep over the singularity of his conversion; nor rock himself in the cradle of his apostolic success, nor soothe himself with the opiate of his official position. (c)But God is ready to save us from past and future sins. If 1 John 3:3 be true, then the Christian —(1) Is purified from pride, for Christ was lowly of heart;(2) from self-will or desire, for Christ desired to do only the will of the Father;(3) from anger in the common sense of the word, for Christ was gentle and long-suffering. 1. What other than this can St. Paul mean by "I am crucified with Christ," etc. He declares —(a)"The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin. Forget about the distractions. It is not right to say that it is all Paul’s effort, but it is not right to say that Paul has no responsibility. If any man might have been excused for cherishing feelings of complacency it was Paul. as so much really gained or accomplished that is to exercise no dragging or injurious effect upon our forward progress. (e)But lest there should be any doubt on a subject of such vast importance the apostle resumes the subject in Chap. The end had ceased to charm, and how could there ever again be any interest in the means? (John Wesley, M. Up to this time he had been seeking external things, but now with the vision of Christ there came upon him the conviction that even if he gained all these things he would still be fatally defective in the highest elements of his being. Show clip from City Slickers about “One Thing”, What is Paul talking about when he says “all this?”. He who helped Paul will help us. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. (1) Young man, as you have been devoting yourself to the idolatry of wealth, or to the pursuit of pleasure or ambition, you have been laid hold of. But what can the world do for you, that for its sake you should put away from you the glorious heritage which Jesus promises?III. 3. He could not get away till he had given it an answer.2. The problem is that sometimes our attempts to resolve the tension get us into more trouble. But alas! "This one thing I do, forgetting the things that are past, and reaching forth to the things that are before, I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.". 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. How much soever a man has attained he must yet "grow in grace.". The end had ceased to charm, and how could there ever again be any interest in the means? But thoughts concerning evil are not always evil thoughts. Let the distance between you and Christ shake you out of your complacency. 4. Objection(3) But did not the apostles sin — St. Paul by his contention, St. Peter by his dissimulation? The perception of a perfection of moral character actualized before him in Christ and made possible for him through faith. If any man might have been excused for cherishing feelings of complacency it was Paul. NIV New International Version. There is not one who has ever come in contact with the gospel of Christ, who has not been laid hold of thus. How are we to know them? II. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize … He felt he had done all that was in him; that, in a word, he had overtaken his ideal, and so henceforward the joy of his art for him was gone. Our Lord doubtless thought of the things spoken by the devil yet He had no sinful thought. justification = Just as if I never sinned and credited with Gods perfect righteousness 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. The problem is that we still sin because of the influence of this present age. One face looked back into the year that had passed and that face showed sorrow and dismay; the other face looked forward into the coming new year and showed signs of hope and confidence. It is not by regretting what is irreparable that true work is done, but by making the best of what we are. 1. or shall I go back and build my life anew after the matchless pattern which has been set before me?" (1 John 2:1-2). What was it that arrested Paul? Mosaic, early sixth century. 3, where he carefully explains his own meaning (vers. There is here, therefore, a human agency as well as a Divine. In this frame of mind it occurred to me to put the question directly to myself: 'Suppose that all your objects in life were realized; that all the changes in institutions and opinions which you are looking forward to could be completely effected at this very instant; would this be a great joy and happiness to you?' )Apprehended that I may apprehendW. M. Taylor, D. D.I. A. And indeed whence should evil thoughts proceed in the servant who is as His Master (Mark 7:21, cf. J. Vernon McGee There is no note of despondency. About Us Speaking Contact Us Dr. Wilson's Books Donations Watercolors Sitemap. Pressing Toward the Goal (Philippians 3:12-4:1) by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson Audio (32:48) Free E-mail Bible Study Discipleship Training in Luke's Gospel. These sermons were preached on the book of Philippians at Christ Church Manchester’s churches in Manchester.CCM meets every Sunday at various locations around the city.. He could not get away till he had given it an answer.2. 2. OUR DUTY, to continue in the exercise of faith, self-denial effort. As in Adam, the covenant head, all died; so in Christ, the covenant head of Adam's posterity, all shall be made alive. He doesn’t let them influence him anymore. 3. We cannot measure the privileges of Christians by those formerly given to the Jews. It argues a humble estimate of himself. Philippians 3:12-15 English Standard Version (ESV) Straining Toward the Goal. I seemed to have nothing left to live for." There is not one who has ever come in contact with the gospel of Christ, who has not been laid hold of thus. Christ has come to you through the faithful preacher, and brought you to a standstill by the death of some companion, or laid His hand upon you in sickness, and held you to your couch face to face with the question: "Have I been living a life such as an immortal man should live? Let the distance between you and Christ shake you out of your complacency. The text shows us —. Christ has come to you through the faithful preacher, and brought you to a standstill by the death of some companion, or laid His hand upon you in sickness, and held you to your couch face to face with the question: "Have I been living a life such as an immortal man should live? 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