A Commitment To Christlikeness (15 Of 19) by Johnny Hunt

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A COMMITMENT TO CHRISTLIKENESS
Johnny Hunt
Phil. 3:12-14
September 19, 1999

INTRODUCTION: In this passage Paul moves from
accountant to athlete. He desires to run the race of life
with diligence and devotion. He realizes that the race
toward Christlikeness begins with a sense of honesty and
sanctified dissatisfaction. In this text Paul uses the
analogy of a runner to describe the Christian spiritual
growth. Paul acknowledges that he had not yet arrived at
his final goal, not yet accomplished all in his life that He
was going to accomplish.

However, regardless of the failures of the past, Paul sees
today as the first day of the rest of his life. It is as though
he is reminding us that we can get "past our past" and we
can "shake off the dust" and go on.

Charles Spurgeon said, "we have misjudged our God-
given capacity."

In this race, note Paul's commitment:

I. THE PROCESS OF CHRISTLIKENESS. 12

One writer referred to. v.12 as the start of the race, v.13
course of the race, and v.14 the end of the race.

A. ATTAINING. 12a

This is the statement of a great Christian who never
permitted himself to be satisfied with his spiritual
attainments.

B. MATURING. 12b

"perfected" -- one mark of maturity is the knowledge that
he is not perfect; honest evaluation of his spiritual
condition. Paul was reminding the church that in his life
there was room for further development.

C. PURSUING. 12c

"I press on" -- Greek word was used of a sprinter and
refers to aggressive, energetic action. Paul pursued
sanctification with all his might, straining every spiritual
muscle to win the prize.

Heb 12:1, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every
weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let
us run with endurance the race that is set before us."

NOTE: I Cor. 9:24-27

D. APPREHENDING. 12d

"that I may lay hold of" -- ma ...


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