I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. It is interesting to set beside this the splendid appeal on behalf of purity in Plato, Laws, Bk viii. BibliographySchaff, Philip. “God"s heavenly calling” (Con). However only those who run the race as Paul did, namely, to gain an ever increasing experiential knowledge of Christ, will obtain it ( 1 Corinthians 9:24). “Cleinias. But this calling exists in a sphere of moral elevation, high or heavenly in its connection with the most High God, by whom it is issued to men. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. Paul"s goal (Gr. 15 Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. The prize is in the original a word which means the garland bestowed by the judges at the end of the race. “Toward the goal”: “Bear down upon” (Vincent p. 450). It here governs the accusative, though the simple form takes the genitive. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited. 15 Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. and N.T. ", "Each believer is on the track; each has a special lane in which to run; and each has a goal to achieve. . BibliographyDunagan, Mark. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly vocation consider the apostle and high priest of our confession, Jesus: 1 Peter 1:3,4,13 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: . Colossians 2:18 Let no man seduce you, willing in humility and religion of angels, walking in the things which he hath not seen, in vain puffed up by the sense of his flesh: 2 … https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/philippians-3.html. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. Never satisfied, still a sense of want; never saying, Enough, but still crying More; forward and yet forward, and nearer and yet nearer the mark. 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly[a] call of God in Christ Jesus. It sees in the expression tes ano kleseos ["the upward call"] an allusion to the fact that the Olympian games, which included foot-races, were organized and presided over by agonothetes, highly respected officers called Hellenodikai. “Ath. It is that post at the end of the race upon which the runner fixes his attention” (Hawthorne p. 154). Thus, although he has said ‘this I do,’ and ‘I press on,’ he comes back in these final words to the first thought, the putting down of all trust in self, and shows that he never forgets ‘not I, but the grace of God which was with me.’. He would only reach that goal when he entered the Lord"s presence and saw Him face to face ( 1 John 3:2-3). Sin is degradation, for what is ignorance but lowness of mind; or sensuality but lowness of heart; or misery but lowness of spirit? BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. If he move away from the course prescribed, he misses the mark, and loses the garland: for racing is not recreation, where one may turn aside as fancy leads him; the path is chalked out, the law of the course must be observed, and the aim and effort must always be κατὰ σκοπόν. Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. It is a heavenly or upward calling, that is, it originates in Heaven and calls us to Heaven (Hebrews 3:1). brabeion. Philippians 3:14 The Message (MSG) Focused on the Goal. The reward or prize offered by this calling is eternal life (Titus 1:2; Romans 6:23). There was unity of action, and therefore assurance of success; his energies were not dissipated; his eye was single, and therefore his progress in the race was visible-, τὰ μὲν ὀπίσω ἐπιλανθανόμενος—“forgetting the things behind.” The use of the compound middle verb is Pauline, the preposition giving the image of “over and beyond,” and so intensifying the idea of the simple verb. “Behind” measures the distance from the period at which he writes, back to the day when he heard the words—“I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.” These past attainments were forgotten; that is, the apostle did not rest and luxuriate in them-Upward and onward was his motto. 5 Circumcised on the eighth day of my life, I was born of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrew parents. “Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown.” The prize is certainly eternal perfection and blessedness- “an incorruptible crown.” It is to be enjoyed only at the termination of the course. prize. ], Dictionnaire des antiqus grecques et romaines [Paris: Hachette, 1900-1963] 3 ,1 ,60-64). Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. Philippians 3:14. Same as "follow after", Philippians 3:12. for. “I strain to reach the end of the race” (Tay). Create or log in to your Bible Gateway account. New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE), New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition. ἀλλʼ ὑπωπιάζω μου τὸ σῶμα καὶ δουλαγωγῶ, μήπως ἄλλοις κηρύξας αὐτὸς ἀδόκιμος γένωμαι. "Commentary on Philippians 3:14". Philippians 3:8-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE). Revelation 3:21 To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome and am set down with my Father in his throne. Php.) $3.99 a month for 40+ study tools. New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. 7 But what were once my assets I now through Christ Jesus count as losses. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. . All rights reserved worldwide. In the matter of the Law, I was a Pharisee;. It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. [Note: Hawthorne, p154. Greek. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/philippians-3.html. 2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know, if our earthly house of this habitation be dissolved, that we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in heaven. Bibliography"Commentary on Philippians 3:14". The prize—The object of the race is the incorruptible crown (1 Corinthians 9:25) which the apostle was called by Christ from heaven to run for and win. All rights reserved. Romans 9:23,24 That he might shew the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy which he hath prepared unto glory? I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. The purified life in heaven is, in a word, both the goal and the prize. (much as in Colossians 3:12), “the heavenly calling,”—which is “of God,” proceeding from His will, for “whom He predestinated, them He also called” (Romans 8:30); and is “in Christ Jesus” in virtue of the unity with Him, in which we are at once justified and sanctified. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jec/philippians-3.html. The phrase seems to carry much the same meaning as Hebrews 3:1, κλήσεως ἐπουρανίου. After recording instances of famous athletes and their temperance in the period of training, the Athenian stranger says: “And yet, Cleinias, they were far worse educated in their minds than your and my fellow-citizens, and in their bodies far more lusty. Creating an account allows you to access more features and content such as: Reading the Bible is rewarding, and these plans make it easy! https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/philippians-3.html. ῝εν δέ—“But one thing I do.” Such, with so many expositors, we regard as the proper supplement; not ἐστί, with Beza; nor λογίζομαι, with Heinrichs; nor the following verb διώκω, with Pierce and van Hengel. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/philippians-3.html. You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "This is a far cry from the teaching on sanctification which calls believers to "let go and let God". For him I have accepted the loss of all other things, and look on them all as filth if only I can gain Christ. But the words are far separated, and the natural union is with κλῆσις- ἐν marking its medium or sphere of operation. The word occurs in Comedy, Inscrr(1). 8 More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. 20 But our homeland is in heaven and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. There was not much "letting go" about Paul, but rather an example of the truth that the regenerate believer must appropriate the sanctifying grace of God by actively obeying him. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. 1897-1910. “The upward calling.” The Apostle seems to mean that the βραβεῖον is the ἄνω κλῆσις (so also Lips(3).). Go to. The adverb ἄνω characterizes the call, and the phrase is parallel to Hebrews 3:1. I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Contemporary English VersionI run toward the goal, so I can win the prize of being called to heaven. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". "Commentary on Philippians 3:14". NRSV Standard Catholic Edition Bible, Anglicized, Hardcover, Navy Blue, The Catholic Family Bible, (RSV) Ivory Hardcover, NRSV Catholic Edition Audio Bible: Ezra (Voice Only) [Download], The Saint John's Bible: Letters and Revelation, NRSV LIVE Bible for Teens, Catholic Edition, NRSV Catholic Edition Audio Bible: Zechariah & Malachi (Voice Only) [Download]. The term “forgetting” is used with special reference to the figure here employed, for the apostle cherished the memory of former manifestations, and thanked God for the least of them. 1874-1909. If anyone does claim to rely on them, my claim is better. 1 Clem., 5:5, ὁ παῦλος ὑπομονῆς βραβεῖον ὑπέδειξεν, where it is perhaps suggested by our passage. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Cf. Enter your credit card information to ensure uninterrupted service following your free trial. Used by permission. 4 although, I myself could rely on these too. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. Collange refers to J-F. Collange, L"ptre de saidn Paul aux Philippiens. The Expositor's Greek Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/philippians-3.html. George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible. So I run straight toward. It is from God-a Divine summons that pierces the spirit and ensures compliance, but it is in Christ, for it is a call which the blood of Christ consecrates, and to which His grace gives effect. Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible. τῆς ἄνω κλήσεως τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν χριστῷ ᾿ιησοῦ—“of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” The prize, as the genitive indicates, is connected with the Divine calling.

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