Philippians 3:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 3:15, NIV: "All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you."

Philippians 3:15, ESV: "Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you."

Philippians 3:15, KJV: "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you."

Philippians 3:15, NASB: "Therefore, all who are mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to you as well;"

Philippians 3:15, NLT: "Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you."

Philippians 3:15, CSB: "Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you."

What does Philippians 3:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In verses 12–14, Paul discussed how his life is a work in progress. Paul is not perfect, and he knows it. Rather than dwell on the past, he is committed to the future. Like a runner focused on the road ahead, Paul serves God intent on his ultimate goal, which is an eternity with Christ. Here, he transitions to the application of those teachings.

This perspective is the result of wisdom, maturity, and experience. Paul expects his readers to join him in pursuing Christ above all else. He believes so strongly that this is the correct approach that he leaves no room for excuses. Though Paul elsewhere speaks of room for disagreement among Christian believers (Romans 14), this is one point on which there is no room for alternate views. If anyone did not agree, Paul's hope was that God would change his or her mind.

These words are important for one primary reason. The goal of becoming more Christ-like does not apply only to Christian leaders. This is not a call only for "super-Christians," it is to be the goal of every believer. The path Paul provided was the expectation for every Christian, in the church at Philippi, as well as our own congregations today. As believers, we are taught to consider everything in life worthless in comparison with knowing Christ and becoming more like Him. There are a variety of gifts and callings, but there is only one attitude to have when it comes to growing spiritually: pursue Christ above all else.