Philippians 3:16

16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:16 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.
The Message Bible (MSG)
16 Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it.
American Standard Version (ASV)
16 only, whereunto we have attained, by that same [rule] let us walk.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
16 However, we should be guided by what we have learned so far.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
16 In any case, we should live up to whatever [truth] we have attained.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
16 Only let us live up to what we have already reached.

Philippians 3:16 Meaning and Commentary

Philippians 3:16

Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained
Whatever degree of knowledge of Christ, and the truths of his Gospel, is attained to, let it be retained, and not departed from:

let us walk by the same rule;
either the doctrine of justification by Christ's righteousness in particular, which is a rule of judgment concerning other things; for so far as they agree or disagree with this, they are to be received or rejected; or the Scriptures of truth, which are the rule of faith and practice, and the standard and test, to which all are to be brought and tried:

let us mind the same thing;
be of one heart and affection to each other, ( Romans 12:10 ) , and of the same judgment in the doctrines of the Gospel, ( 1 Corinthians 1:10 ) , and pursue the same measures; particularly press towards the same mark, and for the same prize the apostle did, ( Philippians 3:14 ) , and be followers of him, as is exhorted to in ( Philippians 3:17 ) .

Philippians 3:16 In-Context

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
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