Philippians 3:12

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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 Iesus.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Not that I have already obtained {it} or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not as if I had even now got the reward or been made complete: but I go on in the hope that I may come to the knowledge of that for which I was made the servant of Christ Jesus.
- Basic English Bible

Not that I have already obtained [the prize], or am already perfected; but I pursue, if also I may get possession [of it], seeing that also I have been taken possession of by Christ [Jesus].
- Darby Bible

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I pursue, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended by Christ Jesus.
- Webster's Bible

I do not say that I have already won the race or have already reached perfection. But I am pressing on, striving to lay hold of the prize for which also Christ has laid hold of me.
- Weymouth Bible

Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
- World English Bible

Not that now Y haue takun, or now am parfit; but Y sue, if in ony maner Y comprehende, in which thing also Y am comprehendid of Crist Jhesu.
- Wycliffe Bible

Not that I did already obtain, or have been already perfected; but I pursue, if also I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by the Christ Jesus;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 3:12


3:12 Not that I have already attained - The prize. He here enters on a new set of metaphors, taken from a race. But observe how, in the utmost fervour, he retains his sobriety of spirit. Or am already perfected - There is a difference between one that is perfect, and one that is perfected. The one is fitted for the race, #Php 3:15|; the other, ready to receive the prize. But I pursue, if I may apprehend that - Perfect holiness, preparatory to glory. For, in order to which I was apprehended by Christ Jesus - Appearing to me in the way, #Acts 26:14|. The speaking conditionally both here and in the preceding verse, implies no uncertainty, but only the difficulty of attaining.


People's Bible Notes for Philippians 3:12


Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained. Had already obtained the great prize. It still requires effort. The prize is at the end of the race. Either were already perfect. He never claimed to have received such a state; nor does he intimate any where that such a state is ever reached on earth. But I follow after. Press on, as one who must push forward. If that I may apprehend. The idea is, I press on in the hope that I shall lay hold upon the prize. That for which also I am apprehended by Christ Jesus. He will seek to lay hold of that for which Christ laid hold of him at conversion, viz., his eternal salvation.

Discussion for Philippians 3

  • Mark Rasbury
    As we live our lives in this foreign world, the Apostle Paul guides us thru the challenges we face on daily basis. We face hatred, our fallen past, the temptation of compromise, and other obstacles that may hender us to pursue perfection in Christ Jesus. This chapter is very valuable for the true Christian believer. I could write alot more, but this is just the beginning of real life.
  • William Wynn
    If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

    Paul knew that his temporal life in Adam was to be dealt with through the Holy Spirit and that he would all of his earthlyAdamic life be subject to the weakness of the mind and the flesh. In this, he pressed toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.That I may know him, and the power of His return
  • Ray321
    Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death Who taught Paul all these Words, Jesus. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. I follow Paul, because he follow Jesus. LEARN
  • Steve morrow
    EVANGELIST ?? ROMANS 15:18 FOR I WILL NOT DARE TO SPEAK OF ANY OF THOSE THINGS WHICH CHRIST HATH NOT WROUGHT BY ME TO MAKE THE GENTILES OBEDIENT BY WORD AND DEED --- 1 CORIN 11:1 BE YOU FOLLOWERS OF ME EVEN AS I ALSO AM OF CHRIST --- JOHN 12:49 FOR I HAVE NOT SPOKEN OF MYSELF BUT THE FATHER WHICH SENT ME -- HE -- GAVE ME A COMMANDMENT WHAT I SHOULD SAY AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 13:11 AND I WILL PUNISH THE WORLD FOR THEIR EVIL AND THE WICKED FOR THEIR INIQUITY AND I WILL CAUSE THE ARROGANCY OF THE PROUD TO CEASE AND WILL LAY LOW THE HAUGHTINESS OF THE TERRIBLE---PROVERBS 21:24 PROUD AND HAUGHTY SCORNER IS HIS NAME WHO DEALETH IN PROUD WRATH
    PROVERBS 18:12 BEFORE DESTRUCTION THE HEART OF MAN IS HAUGHTY AND BEFORE HONOR --- IS HUMILITY ---
  • Ray321
    Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. If we follow Jesus, we must becarefull not to let our eyes or hands offend us, that why Jesus use Paul for the Church age of Grace, so we can follow him. Paul said follow ME.

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