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Finish Strong - Part 2

Philippians 3:15–16 ESV
Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
Philippians 3:
FS Principle #5 “Grow Up”
Paul tell us that in order to have this self determination, we must grow up!
Paul tell us that in order to have this self determination, we must grow up!
“Let those of us who are mature”
initiated, one inducted into the believing community

initiated, one inducted into the believing community

Mature: initiated, one inducted into the believing community.
“Think this way”
A sign of maturity is a change in your thought process…

ESV

Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

ESV

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

ESV

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.
“and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.”
Some might be tempted to think they have “arrived” in their walk with Christ. Paul assures them that God will reveal to them in His Word and through their experience that they indeed have not “arrived,” but instead still have a long way to go.
The Grace New Testament Commentary 1. Eternal Perspective of Reward by Christ (3:12–4:1)

Some might be tempted to think they have “arrived” in their walk with Christ. Paul assures them that God will reveal to them in His Word and through their experience that they indeed have not “arrived,” but instead still have a long way to go.

God knows how to get our attention!
Philippians 3:17 ESV
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
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FS Principle #6 “Get a Mentor”
Some might be tempted to think they have “arrived” in their walk with Christ. Paul assures them that God will reveal to them in His Word and through their experience that they indeed have not “arrived,” but instead still have a long way to go.
joint imitator n. — an imitator who is copying the actions of the same person as another.
Philippians 3:18–19 ESV
For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
Philippians 3
Unfortunately some believers are not good examples to follow. It distresses Paul greatly that there are believers who live their lives in opposition to the cross of Christ. These believers pursue their own self-interest and pleasure and disregard His call to bear the cross of discipleship. With their mind set on the things of the world, their pursuit of what is shameful will eventually result in their deaths. Here selfishness and selflessness are clearly contrasted. These libertines selfishly live for their own self-gratification. Paul selflessly lives for Christ.
The Grace New Testament Commentary 1. Eternal Perspective of Reward by Christ (3:12–4:1)

Unfortunately some believers are not good examples to follow. It distresses Paul greatly that there are believers who live their lives in opposition to the cross of Christ. These believers pursue their own self-interest and pleasure and disregard His call to bear the cross of discipleship. With their mind set on the things of the world, their pursuit of what is shameful will eventually result in their deaths. Here selfishness and selflessness are clearly contrasted. These libertines selfishly live for their own self-gratification. Paul selflessly lives for Christ.

Philippians 3:20 ESV
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Philippians 3:
Philippians 3:20–21 ESV
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 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.
FS Principle #7 “Eternal Perspective”
“But”
Citizenship - Place of citizenship (Is in heaven)
“And from it we await a savior.” - Await: look forward eagerly, hope for
Colossians 1:15–17 ESV
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
look forward eagerly, hope for
Who is our savior? ________
Colossians 1:15–17 ESV
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
This same Spirit that transforms us into the image of His son!
Is the same Spirit that will transform out Body
Colossians 1:15-17
Colossians 1:15–17 ESV
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Firstborn of all creation - Not by priority in time but priority in rank!
love not the world
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