The Purpose Of The Christian Life

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Philippians 3:12-16

For Paul, the purpose of the Christian life can be put into one easy phrase. He wants to know Christ completely, perfectly, and fully. In order to show how he wants to attain this, he gives 2 images. The first is the image of aggression, such as in battle. The second is the image of a race. Both images suggest competition, struggle, training and resolve. To some of us, those are strange images when it comes to knowing Christ completely. We have been taught that we will know him perfectly when we get to heaven. This is true. But because of that, some assume this requires waiting, not striving. So today, let’s clear up the fog. What is the goal of the Christian life? And how do we attain that goal? And how are we to make progress to that goal?