Philippians 3:12
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New International Version
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

New Living Translation
I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.

English Standard Version
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Berean Study Bible
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Berean Literal Bible
Not that already I have obtained it or already have been perfected, but I am pursuing, if also I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

International Standard Version
It's not that I have already reached this goal or have already become perfect. But I keep pursuing it, hoping somehow to embrace it just as I have been embraced by the Messiah Jesus.

NET Bible
Not that I have already attained this--that is, I have not already been perfected--but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have not yet received it, neither am I yet perfect, but I run so that I may obtain that thing for which Yeshua The Messiah apprehended me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not that I've already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me.

New American Standard 1977
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not as though I had already attained it, either were already perfect, but I follow after, if I may lay hold of that for which I have also been laid hold of by the Christ, Jesus.

King James 2000 Bible
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if indeed I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

American King James Version
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

American Standard Version
Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not as though I has already attained, or were already perfect; but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
Not that I have already obtained [the prize], or am already perfected; but I pursue, if also I may get possession [of it], seeing that also I have been taken possession of by Christ [Jesus].

English Revised Version
Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may apprehend that for which also I was apprehended by Christ Jesus.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I pursue, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended by Christ Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
I do not say that I have already won the race or have already reached perfection. But I am pressing on, striving to lay hold of the prize for which also Christ has laid hold of me.

World English Bible
Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
Not that I did already obtain, or have been already perfected; but I pursue, if also I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by the Christ Jesus;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:12-21 This simple dependence and earnestness of soul, were not mentioned as if the apostle had gained the prize, or were already made perfect in the Saviour's likeness. He forgot the things which were behind, so as not to be content with past labours or present measures of grace. He reached forth, stretched himself forward towards his point; expressions showing great concern to become more and more like unto Christ. He who runs a race, must never stop short of the end, but press forward as fast as he can; so those who have heaven in their view, must still press forward to it, in holy desires and hopes, and constant endeavours. Eternal life is the gift of God, but it is in Christ Jesus; through his hand it must come to us, as it is procured for us by him. There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. True believers, in seeking this assurance, as well as to glorify him, will seek more nearly to resemble his sufferings and death, by dying to sin, and by crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts. In these things there is a great difference among real Christians, but all know something of them. Believers make Christ all in all, and set their hearts upon another world. If they differ from one another, and are not of the same judgment in lesser matters, yet they must not judge one another; while they all meet now in Christ, and hope to meet shortly in heaven. Let them join in all the great things in which they are agreed, and wait for further light as to lesser things wherein they differ. The enemies of the cross of Christ mind nothing but their sensual appetites. Sin is the sinner's shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end. The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be. There is glory kept for the bodies of the saints, in which they will appear at the resurrection. Then the body will be made glorious; not only raised again to life, but raised to great advantage. Observe the power by which this change will be wrought. May we be always prepared for the coming of our Judge; looking to have our vile bodies changed by his Almighty power, and applying to him daily to new-create our souls unto holiness; to deliver us from our enemies, and to employ our bodies and souls as instruments of righteousness in his service.
Study Bible
Pressing Toward the Goal
11so that I may somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,…
Cross References
Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.

Acts 9:5
"Who are You, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," He replied.

Romans 8:39
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize.

1 Corinthians 13:10
but when the perfect comes, the partial passes away.

1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Philippians 1:1
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

Philippians 3:3
For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh--

Philippians 3:8
More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession before many witnesses.
Treasury of Scripture

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

I had.

Philippians 3:13,16 Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing …

Psalm 119:5,173-176 O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!…

Romans 7:19-24 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do…

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the …

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto …

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

already perfect.

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, …

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

1 Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and you are strong: and this also …

Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for …

Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written …

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

2 Peter 1:5-8 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

I follow.

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God …

Psalm 42:1 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God.

Psalm 63:1-3,8 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart …

Psalm 94:15 But judgment shall return to righteousness: and all the upright in …

Isaiah 51:1 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

1 Peter 3:11-13 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it…

that I.

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God …

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto …

apprehended.

Psalm 110:2,3 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you …

Acts 9:3-6,15 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined …

Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

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