Philippians 3:10 ... That I may know (be intimate with) Him, and the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.

We are to be conformable to Jesus.  In other words, we are to conform to His image.

Verses 11-13 ... If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead; not as though I had already attained, either already perfect: but I follow after; if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, fotgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.

This is very impotant:  FORGET the past!  Reach for the future!

Verse 14 ... I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:10-14  The Message Bible ... I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know (be intimate with) Christ personally, experience His Resurrection power, be a partner in His suffering, and go all the way with Him to death itself.  If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.  I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made.  But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, Who has so wondrously reached out for me.  Friends, don't get me wrong.  By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward --- to Jesus.  I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

No turning back to my old life, to my old way of living.  NO, SIR!! 

Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler



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