Run Hard, Finish Well
Scripture: Philippians 3:12–3:16
"Paul says, 'Don’t buy into the lies of legalists who claim that grace leads to lawlessness.'
But he does more than this... he also undermines the libertines and antinomians.
Sanctification doesn't come by sitting with your legs cross like some New Age swami and thinking on the gospel. It doesn't work that way. Christians must work at their sanctification. Sanctification isn't automatic. It requires effort. Lots and lots of effort.
Paul says, 'Follow my example. Run the race.'
In v. 15, he says as many of us that are perfect, that is made perfect in Christ, have this attitude.
V. Raymond Edman wrote that:
'Ours is an undisciplined age. The old disciplines are breaking down...Above all, the discipline of divine grace is derided as legalism or is entirely unknown to a generation that is largely illiterate in the Scriptures. We need the rugged strength of Christian character that can come only from discipline.'
This is how you are to think about the Christian life and, if you don’t, may God reveal to you that this is right
He ends again with a call to unity in the same standard which he has just laid out. And so do we.
Brethren, don’t turn to the left or the right. Don’t look backwards. Look forward. Run hard. Finish well. God is working in you."