“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own” (Philippians 3:12).
Make PERFECT my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beautiful thought indeed! To live & move & have our being in & through HIM is what HE has called us to do in accordance to the perfect will of our Heavenly Father (Heb 10:5-7; Acts 17:28).
The word “perfect” in this verse is Strong’s NT:5048, Greek word “teleioo,” which conveys the notion of being complete, accomplishing, consummating in character, fulfilling and making perfect. It comes from Strong’s NT:5046, Greek word “teleios,” which communicates a deeper truth of being complete in labor, complete in growth, complete in mental character, complete in moral character, and being of full age, as a mature man or adult son (Eph 4:13). Diving deeper. The root of both of these Greek words is Strong’s NT:5056, Greek ”telos,” which connects the concept of fulfilling what it means to be a full age mature son to the idea of setting out for a definite point or goal, the point aimed at as a limit, the conclusion of an act or state (result, purpose), or uttermost.
This telescopic word describes an incredible dimension of the function of God’s royal priesthood – His Melchizedek Army (Heb 2:10-11; Heb 5:8-10; Heb 7:19-21; Heb 12: 6-23; Rom 12:1-2; 1 John 4:12; etc). God’s Royal Priesthood sets out for the goal to become just like Yeshua — the High Priest of the eternal order of Melchizedek.
“I press toward the mark for the prize for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, AS MANY AS BE PERFECT, BE THUS MINDED : and if any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule; let us mind the same thing” (Phil 3:14-16 KJV).
~ Robin Main