Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after…
I. THY HEED OF IT. Our actual attainments are small — we have much to learn and experience.
II. THE MEANS. A humble estimate of ourselves — leaving the things behind and reaching to those that are before — pressing to the goal.
III. THE INCENTIVE. We would be perfect (see Barnes). In non-essentials we may differ, and God will in due time set us right — but in this we must have one rule and one mind.
(J. Lyth, D. D.)
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.