Christ Our Object

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Philippines 3:13-14
The second chapter of Philippians has brought Christ before us in His lowly path, as the pattern for our walk; the third chapter presents Christ in glory as the One to whom we are pressing on. God sets before us Christ in glory as the perfect Object of our souls and tells us that we are called on high to be with Him and like Him. With this bright prospect before us, we can forget the things that are behind, rise above the sorrows of the present, and reach forth to those things that are before.
In the light of the eternal glory that lies before us, present things lose their value, and the sorrows by the way are seen to be only for a moment. Compared with the coming glory, the things which are gain in the flesh are counted by the Apostle not only as valueless, but as dung. Having seen their worthlessness, he not only leaves them behind, but he forgets them. He says, as it were, “They are not worth talking about, even to condemn: I forget them.” (See verse 13.)
Christ had laid hold of Paul for the express purpose of having the Apostle like Him and with Him in the glory, and Paul says, “The one thing I desire is to lay hold of Christ in glory — the prize that awaits me at the end of the journey.”
It is blessed for all believers to know, young and old, that if we have not yet laid hold of Christ in the glory, Christ has laid hold of us, and He which has begun a good work will perform it unto the end. No matter how rough the road, how many the trials, how deep the sorrows, how powerful the enemy, Christ will not let us go. He is “able even to subdue all things unto Himself,” so will at last have us like Him and with Him in the glory.
And is it so! I shall be like Thy Son:
Is this the grace which He for me has won?
Father of glory, thought beyond all thought,
In glory, to His own blest likeness brought.
H. Smith (Christian Experience)