Are We There Yet? (2 of 2)
January 9. 2005
Even though I have Christ, which in Him is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, I have not become in fullness what Christ wants me to be.
III. THE PRESENT IN OUR THERE. 13
(there being Christlikeness)
"Brethren" – Paul addresses his family in Philippi with the gentle, intimate, affectionate term. He had endeared himself to his people.
Galatians 4:19, "My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you."
Paul was a leader that desired God's best for his family of faith.
"I do not count (regard or consider) myself to have apprehended" – blessed discontent; "I am not there yet in the present."
Psalms 42:1-2, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?"
(A yearning for God or Christlikeness)
Phil. 3:13 is an honest appraisal; Paul is being vulnerable
What is integrity? Means wholeness, entireness, completeness. The root word integer means untouched, intact, entire. Integrity is to personal or corporate character what health is to the body or 20/20 vision is to the eyes. A person with integrity is not divided (that's duplicity) or merely pretending (that's hypocrisy). He or she is "whole"; life is "put together," and things are working together harmoniously. People with integrity have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. Their lives are open books. They are "integers."
(Warren Wiersbe) The Integrity Crisis
Paul moves quickly from consideration to concentration
"apprehended" – "laid hold of it yet; but..."
yet – adv: up to now; so far; at this time; continuously up to the present or a specified time; up to the present time.
"but one thing" – again Paul's assessment was based on integrity; single purpose; pursue ...
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