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A Sermon on Philippians 3:12

Straining Toward the Goal

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (ESV)

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Recently Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones has been preaching on core truths of Christianity. This insightful message on Philippians 3:12 continues that study. Perhaps you do not know Jesus Christ, but are being convicted of your need to be forgiven of sin. Maybe the question you are asking is “How do I become a Christian?” In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches on this and addresses related topics to help us understand what we must do to be saved. To start, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains why we are in need of a Savior. The answer, he says, is because our lives are going the wrong direction. From the Apostle Paul’s example, he shows us what else must happen for us to be saved. First, we must be arrested by Christ— that is, He must catch our attention and we must realize the eternal danger we are in without Him. Second, we must be convicted about our personal sin. Have you felt the weight of your sins that have separated you from God? Third, we must be convicted of the truth of the charges Scriptures levels against us, and surrender to them – not fighting them or making excuses. In this way, we hand ourselves over to Christ, and as Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, this is essentially what happens when people realize their need for Christ and come to Him.

Additional Scripture Translations

Philippians 3:12, New American Standard Bible

12Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12, King James Version

12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.