Run the race, Philippians 3:12-4:1

Run the Race – AD62.
One of the themes in Philippians is running a race for the goal of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.

Paul sent Epaphroditus back with this letter. Epaphroditus had been very sick and the Philippian Christians were worried about him.

PHILIPPIANS, the 10th book by Paul and the 12th New Testament Book, was written in AD62.

Background Reading:

Pressing on Toward the Goal

3:12 It’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already become perfect. But I keep pursuing it, hoping somehow to embrace it just as I have been embraced by the Messiah Jesus. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have embraced it yet. But this one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus.

15 Therefore, those of us who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will show you how to think. 16 However, we should live up to what we have achieved so far.

True and False Teachers

17 Join together in imitating me, brothers, and pay close attention to those who live by the example we have set for you. 18 For I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of the Messiah. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on worldly things.

20 Our citizenship, however, is in heaven, and it is from there that we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus, the Messiah. 21 He will change our unassuming bodies and make them like his glorious body through the power that enables him to bring everything under his authority.

4:1 Therefore, my dear brothers whom I long for, my joy and my victor’s crown, this is how you must stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.
Philippians 3:12-4:1


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