The third goal of the Apostle was to experience the Passion of His love.
“The fellowship of His suffering.” This is not speaking of the physical suffering on the cross for our sin. None of us could ever share in the sacrificial suffering. He bore the penalty alone. But, this is speaking of the attitude of the world in regard to His work and His person. Paul bore the stigma of the cross…do you?
Paul’s final goal was to experience the Perfection of His likeness.
“Being made conformable unto His death.” This was also David’s desire in
Psalm 17:15, “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”
PAUL’S GOALS ARE DEFINED VERSES 10-11.
PAUL’S GUIDELINES ARE DISCUSSED IN VERSES 13-21.
It was necessary that there be a Forgetting of the past verse 13. “forgetting those things which are behind.”
Both past achievements which were commendable and past actions that were contemptible.
These guidelines composed, secondly, a Focusing on the perspective, “reaching unto those things which are before” verse 13.
And thirdly, a Following after the prize, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” V. 14.
Fourthly, it involved a Faith in the promises concerning Christ’s return vs. 20-21.
TOMORROW, “PAUL’S GLORY IS DISCLOSED” IN VERSE 20-21.