12#k. [3:12] 1 Tm 6:12, 19. It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity,#Attained perfect maturity: possibly an echo of the concept in the mystery religions of being an initiate, admitted to divine secrets. but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ [Jesus]. 13Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.#l. [3:14] 1 Cor 9:24–25; 2 Tm 4:7. 15Let us, then, who are “perfectly mature” adopt this attitude. And if you have a different attitude, this too God will reveal to you. 16Only, with regard to what we have attained, continue on the same course.#Some manuscripts add, probably to explain Paul’s cryptic phrase, “thinking alike.” #Paul and those who live a life centered in Christ, envisaging both his suffering and resurrection, provide a model that is the opposite of opponents who reject Christ’s cross (cf. 1 Cor 1:23). 17Join with others in being imitators of me,#Being imitators of me: not arrogance, but humble simplicity, since all his converts know that Paul is wholly dedicated to imitating Christ (1 Cor 11:1; cf. also Phil 4:9; 1 Thes 1:6; 2 Thes 3:7, 9; 1 Cor 4:6). brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us.#m. [3:17] 1 Cor 4:16; 11:1; 1 Thes 1:7; 1 Pt 5:3. 18For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ.#n. [3:18] 1 Cor 1:17, 23; Gal 6:12. 19Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their “shame.” Their minds are occupied with earthly things.#o. [3:19] Rom 8:5–6; 16:18. 20But our citizenship#Citizenship: Christians constitute a colony of heaven, as Philippi was a colonia of Rome (Acts 16:12). The hope Paul expresses involves the final coming of Christ, not a status already attained, such as the opponents claim. is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.#p. [3:20] Eph 2:6, 19; Col 3:1–3; Heb 12:22. 21He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.#q. [3:21] Rom 8:23, 29; 1 Cor 15:42–57; 2 Cor 3:18; 5:1–5 / 1 Cor 15:27–28.