Originally posted on The Spitfire Grill:
“I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” – Philippians 3:12
God calls us to “press on” – to forget what’s behind and “reach forward” to what’s ahead (Philippians 3:13). Like runners in a race, we must “press toward the goal for the prize” of a heavenly crown (3:14). We must “run in such a way that” we “obtain” this prize (1 Corinthians 9:24). Only through active faith and self-discipline can we finish the race (9:26-27). We can’t sit and do nothing. Jesus didn’t sit “at the right hand of the throne of God” until after he’d accomplished redemption on the cross (Hebrews 12:2). Why should we be any different?
Some Christians think we should. They say that “once saved, always saved” – cheap grace, forgiveness without repentance – gives them freedom to “press on.” The reverse is…
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