Philippians 3:12-4:1 “Press on!”

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Philippians 3:12-4:1 [12] 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. [13] Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, [14] I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. [16] Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

[17] Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. [18] For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. [19] Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. [20] But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, [21] who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (ESV)

[1] Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. (ESV)


  • Remember… Paul’s desire for true righteousness found in Christ vv. 3:7-11
    • Counted as loss everything to know Christ
    • To gain Christ
    • To be found in Him, not have a righteousness of my own
    • Know Him and the power of His resurrection
    • Share in His sufferings
    • Attain the resurrection from the dead
  • Do we have the same desire to grow in our righteousness?

We are not there yet – v. 12a

  • We have not obtained it yet….3:7-11
  • We are not perfect
  • We must continue to grow and change

Press on to make it your own – v.12b

  • To pursue…A new direction
  • Here is where our spiritual life comes in.
  • Press on make it my own.


Forget what lies behind v. 13

  • Don’t glory in the past victories
  • Don’t wallow in the past sins

Strain forward to what lies ahead v. 13

  • Already in Christ, but growing Christ
  • Progressive sanctification
    • STRAIN. Effort!!!!
    • Not there yet.  Keep moving.  Growing everyday

Remain faithful to the GOSPEL v. :16

  • Hold true to what we have attained

Imitate faithful followers v. 17

  • The idea of each one of us “making disciples”
  • I am followings someone…someone is following me

Avoid the influence of the ungodly – vv. 18-19

  • Enemies of the cross
  • Their end is destruction
  • Worship and Glory…SELF
  • Mind on earthly things

Live as kingdom citizens – v. 20a

  • Be proud of your heritage!
  • The balance between the good things (on earth) and the best things (kingdom perspective)

Await our coming Savior – vv.20b-21

  • Patiently but with great expectation
  • Anticipating… our eyes toward heaven

Stand firm in the Lord – 4:1

  • Brothers… the church family.
  • A military term…at your post
  • Doing what you are called to do

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