Philippians 3:16
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New International Version
Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

New Living Translation
But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

English Standard Version
Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

New American Standard Bible
however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.

King James Bible
Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.

International Standard Version
However, we should live up to what we have achieved so far.

NET Bible
Nevertheless, let us live up to the standard that we have already attained.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
However, that we may arrive at this, let us follow in one path and with one accord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, we should be guided by what we have learned so far.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless, in that unto which we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us have the same mind.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless, to what we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

American King James Version
Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

American Standard Version
only, whereunto we have attained, by that same rule let us walk.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nevertheless whereunto we are come, that we be of the same mind, let us also continue in the same rule.

Darby Bible Translation
But whereto we have attained, [let us] walk in the same steps.

English Revised Version
only, whereunto we have already attained, by that same rule let us walk.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless, to what we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Weymouth New Testament
But whatever be the point that we have already reached, let us persevere in the same course.

World English Bible
Nevertheless, to the extent that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule. Let us be of the same mind.

Young's Literal Translation
but to what we have come -- by the same rule walk, the same thing think;
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Omit, with the best manuscripts, the words from "rule" to "thing," and translate, R.V., only, whereunto we have already attained, by that same (rule) let us walk; or, more literally, only, what we arrived at, by that same walk. Let there be no falling back; let us, at each point in our Christian course, maintain and walk according to that degree of grace at which we arrived. This explanation seems more probable than the other view, which understands the words, "by the same," of the rule of faith as opposed to the works of the Law.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained,.... Whatever degree of knowledge of Christ, and the truths of his Gospel, is attained to, let it be retained, and not departed from:

let us walk by the same rule; either the doctrine of justification by Christ's righteousness in particular, which is a rule of judgment concerning other things; for so far as they agree or disagree with this, they are to be received or rejected; or the Scriptures of truth, which are the rule of faith and practice, and the standard and test, to which all are to be brought and tried:

let us mind the same thing; be of one heart and affection to each other, Romans 12:10, and of the same judgment in the doctrines of the Gospel, 1 Corinthians 1:10, and pursue the same measures; particularly press towards the same mark, and for the same prize the apostle did, Philippians 3:14, and be followers of him, as is exhorted to in Philippians 3:17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. The expectation of a new revelation is not to make you less careful in walking according to whatever degree of knowledge of divine things and perfection you have already attained. God makes further revelations to those who walk up to the revelations they already have (Ho 6:3).

rule, let us mind the same thing—omitted in the oldest manuscripts. Perhaps partly inserted from Ga 6:16, and Php 2:2. Translate then, "Whereunto we have attained, let us walk on (a military term, march in order) in the same (the measure of knowledge already attained)."

Philippians 3:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Press on Toward the Goal
15Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
Cross References
Galatians 6:16
Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule--to the Israel of God.

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
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Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

whereto.

Galatians 5:7 You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

2 Peter 2:10-20 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

Revelation 2:4,5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your …

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

let us walk.

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded …

Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and …

Ephesians 5:2-8 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Colossians 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him:

let us mind. See on ch.

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

Philippians 2:2 Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, …

Philippians 4:2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same …

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