Philippians 3:15-21 … It’s interesting that in the happenstance of putting a Bible Reading plan together, that the closing words of Philippians 3 are such a fitting commentary on the teaching of Jesus in the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:12ff) and on the words of God in 2 Kings 19:30 … take root below and bear fruit above. The Apostle has been talking about pressing on in following Christ and now (3:15 – my paraphrase) says … Let us have this same attitude (that of pressing on in following Christ) … and if we have a different attitude, God will reveal that to us. That’s vital because as the Word continues, we’re warned amongst the tears of Paul that worldly ways lead to destruction (3:19).
It’s hard to imagine that anyone would want that … yet in ignorance (which at its root means ignoring) so many, many folks pursue the worldly and ignore the godly path in life. What a tragedy that is! But, 3:20 reminds us that our citizenship is in heaven and our longing is for Christ who will transform us (v.21) to be like him. The transformation referred to here in Philippians 3:21 is the final transformation of the Second Coming (1 John 3:2). But in the meantime, right now, on the way to heaven, Romans 12:2 tells us that we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds to conform to God’s will. That should be our focus and following Christ is the surest way to have a biblical mindset.
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