Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after…
I. WHEREIN WE MAY MAKE PROGRESS.
1. In our views of the excellence of religion.
2. In our love to God and Christ.
3. In holiness.
4. In heavenly-mindedness.
II. THE NECESSITY OF THIS PROGRESS. This is seen —
1. In the frequency with which the Christian life is compared to a warfare and a race.
2. In the urgent commands of God.
3. In the nature of religion to which progress is indispensable.
III. THE MEANS.
1. A firm belief that Divine influences may be obtained at all times, and to the full extent of our wants, by humble, earnest prayer.
2. Constant application to Divine ordinances.
3. A continual view of the Cross.
4. A constant vision of the prize.
5. A study of eminent examples.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.