12. Not 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. Always realizing there is more to gain for the purpose of Christ in us, gaining Christ by pursuing him to become more like him. To lay of the one who has laid hold of you. Paul had already obtained the believers common salvation by the believers common faith. See it is written the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. But he had not obtained the extra portion of resurrection. To obtain that portion he had to pursue, to run and to finish his course triumphantly. At his conversion Paul was grasped, taken possession of by Christ in order that he might grasp take possession of Christ gained him that he might gain Christ, gained grasped taken possession of seized.13. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. We must realizing that there is something to reach for. Paul had experienced and gained Christ tremendously, yet he did not account of himself to have experienced Christ in full or gained him to the uttermost. He still endeavored to pursue toward the goal the gaining of Christ to the fullest extent. See now Christ is unsearchably rich there is a vast territory of his riches to be possessed. Paul was stretching our to reach the farthest extent of the territory. 14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. To be called upward is for the obtaining of the prize to which God has called us from above, from the heavens. The heavenly calling. Scripture tell us, wherefore holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Corresponds with the heavenly commonwealth in it is not an earthly calling like that given to the children of Israel in the flesh. This upward calling is to take possession of Christ. Whereas the earthly calling to the children of Israel was take possession of the physical land. But God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit, for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
To God Be The Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin