Sermon notes on Philippians 3:13-14. These are morning thoughts about the law, righteousness and Jesus Christ.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
Those are very powerful words from the Apostle Paul. He is describing the process and relationship with Jesus Christ.
“I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do”. Paul is saying he hasn’t obtained or attained that which is in and of Christ.
“Paul wrote from such spiritual maturity and purity that we might expect he believed that he had conquered all spiritual difficulties and saw himself as having arrived at near perfection. Yet he assured us this was not so. There was no perfectionism in Paul,” David Guzik.
The High Calling and Sin
“forgetting those things which are behind,”.
If only we all could forget our past repented sins. Guilt is the by-product when we don’t.
“let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith,” from Hebrews 12:1-2.
In Hebrews sin is referred to as “weight”. This is the baggage we need to hand over to Jesus Christ. Not only will excess baggage slow us down but it can knock us off course or worse still, stop us dead in our tracks, Spiritually dead in our tracks.
“and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
God is always a forward motion which is well demonstrated here by Paul.
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”
The Greek word for sin found in the New Testament is, “hamartia” which literally means to, “miss the mark”.
The mark (Jesus) is the goal. Missing the mark is sin. Paul is making it quite clear that he is in the continuous process of staying on course headed towards Jesus Christ. That is what righteousness is all about.
Our righteousness is in Jesus Christ not in self. Earlier in Philippians 3 Paul says,”…not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
Self righteousness is of the law and leads to death. True righteousness is of Christ, “the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Paul while in Corinth called the law the, “ministration of death” and the “ministration of condemnation”. The law is our own righteousness and leads to death.
Jesus is of the spirit said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Choose life by choosing Jesus.