DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 3:13

We are still in chapter three of Philippians with our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 3:13 (NKJV)
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Philippians 3:13 (NLT)
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

What is Paul talking about when he says, “I have not achieved it”? Perfection! We won’t be perfect until we are with the Lord. In the meantime however, as soon as we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God sees us as righteous in His eyes because the sacrifice of His Son has cleansed us forever.

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