Dec. 1, 2020

What Does Philippians 3:15-16 Mean?

What Does Philippians 3:15-16 Mean?

Philippians 3:15–16 (NIV): 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:15–16 (KJV): 15 Let us, therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Philippians 3:15–16 (NLT): 15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

Paul encourages believers in Philippians chapter 3 that we are to:

  •  Pursue Christlikeness every day and 
  • To keep our eyes on the prize of living life for eternity with Christ. 

But what if you don't agree with him? What if life is more than just living for Christ?

Listen in to today's 2-minute Bible podcast to see how Paul would answer you.

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth

In Philippians chapter 3, Paul encourages believers that we are a work in progress. We will never be perfect. Only Christ is perfect. Our life purpose, our one goal is to pursue Christ and become more like him every day. Forget your past achievements or sins and focus your mind and heart on the prize ahead of you, that is a life lived with Christ for eternity. 

Now, Paul realizes that there are some who disagree with him. That life is more than just living for Christ and becoming more like him. But Paul strongly disagrees. You may disagree on other things as a Christian, but Paul makes it clear that there is no room for disagreement on this one thing.

He writes in Philippians 3:15, “All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you."

Paul is equating spiritual maturity with the passion to finish the spiritual race before us and gain the prize. If you’re not yet filled with that one desire to fully pursue one passion and that is to know Christ and become more like Him, Paul says that you will. You will. Why? Because God will make it plain to you. God will see to it that you get the passionate desire for Christ. This isn’t just a goal for Christian leaders or people that we see as better than us in the Christian realm. This is a goal for all believers. 

He completes his thought in Philippians 3:16 by saying, “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”

So, Paul is basically saying, “You may not be where you need to be spiritually but turn take back on the progress that you’ve made.”

So, your Simple Truth for today: We have all been given different callings and spiritual gifts, but there is one mind that we are to have spiritually and that is to pursue Christ above everything.   

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