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Philippians 3:12-21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Pressing toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;[a] but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved,[b] I do not consider that I have made it my own;[c] but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly[d] call of God in Christ Jesus. 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. 16 Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.

17 Brothers and sisters,[e] join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. 18 For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. 19 Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship[f] is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform the body of our humiliation[g] that it may be conformed to the body of his glory,[h] by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.


  1. Philippians 3:12 Or have already been made perfect
  2. Philippians 3:13 Gk Brothers
  3. Philippians 3:13 Other ancient authorities read my own yet
  4. Philippians 3:14 Gk upward
  5. Philippians 3:17 Gk Brothers
  6. Philippians 3:20 Or commonwealth
  7. Philippians 3:21 Or our humble bodies
  8. Philippians 3:21 Or his glorious body
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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