Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind…
Such was the language of the most masterful man that ever trod the earth, and this utterance is the keynote of his marvellously successful life.
I. SINGLENESS OF EYE, UNITY OF PURPOSE, CONCENTRATION OF POWER. This one thing I do, he cries, and he does it.
II. His was A SANCTIFIED, BUT BOUNDLESS AMBITION, forever reaching forth in the direction of higher acquisitions of spiritual truth and nobler results of Christian work.
III. PAUL PRESSED EVEN TOWARD A DEFINITE WORK. Paul's mark was the highest that ever loomed up before a human soul.
IV. THIS WAS ALSO THE PRIZE HE SOUGHT. Earth has its prizes, its crowns, its plaudits, its splendid fortunes. Heaven's real prize is Christ Himself, and so Paul's aspiration was, "That I may win Christ and be found in Him."
(P. S. Henson, D. D.)
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