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From: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
To: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 6:45 AM
Subject: forgetting and remembering
Philippians 3:13 "Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."
Philippians3:16 " But we must hold on to the progress we have already made."
As believers we each have a personal, historical B.C. and A.D. There was a time in our lives before we had embraced Christ by faith and there has been a new history since. In Philippians 3 Paul takes a look back at his B.C. days and declares that there is much that needs to be forgotten about them. The forces of self centeredness and self purpose and self achievement need to be forgotten because they didn't succeed in the most important ways...they didn't and they couldn't restore us to the Lord or allow us to find our real purpose.
But when it comes to his A.D. days Paul teaches that we cannot forget and we must not retreat from the lessons we have learned about Christ reaching us through His great work. He describes his life as a race and he running to win a prize...the prize of God's high calling. He wants to keep building on what he has learned and move ever closer to that prize.
Forgetting and remembering help us focus on that prize.