Straining Toward the Goal

Philippians 3

12 Not that I have already t attained, 1 or am already u perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have 2 apprehended; but one thing I do, v forgetting those things which are behind and w reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 x I press toward the goal for the prize of y the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are z mature, a have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, b God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already 3 attained, c let us walk d by the same 4 rule, let us be of the same mind.

17 Brethren, e join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as f you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are g the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 h whose end is destruction, i whose god is their belly, and j whose glory is in their shame - k who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For l our citizenship is in heaven, m from which we also n eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 o who will transform our lowly body that it may be p conformed to His glorious body, q according to the working by which He is able even to r subdue all things to Himself.

Philippians 4

1 Therefore, my beloved and a longed-for brethren, b my joy and crown, so c stand fast in the Lord, beloved.

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