Maturity in Christ (Philippians 3:12-16)
All of us probably agree with these statements:
1. I have failed in the past.
2. I am dissatisfied with my present spiritual state.
Paul shows how Christ as our confidence and satisfaction serves to jar us out of our spiritual stagnation and produce spiritual maturity in Him.
I. Deal with the past (12-13)
II. Be honest about the present (12-13)
III. Know the end goal and how it will be realized (12-16)
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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. (ESV)