It is not as though I had already attained it, nor were already perfect; but I follow after, that I may apprehend that for which Christ Jesus also apprehended me.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended it, but this one thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Let us therefore, as many as would be perfect, be thus minded; and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Nevertheless, however much we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark those who so walk, as ye have us for an example.
(For many walk, of whom I have told you often and now tell you even with weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ.
Their end is destruction, their God is their belly, and their glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
For our abiding is in Heaven, from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.