Looking forward (Phil. 3:13)

“My brothers!

I do not consider

That I have made it

My own.

But this one thing I do.

I forget

What lies behind.

I strain forward

To what lies ahead.”

ἀδελφοί, ἐγὼ ἐμαυτὸν οὔπω λογίζομαι κατειληφέναι· ἓν δέ, τὰ μὲν ὀπίσω ἐπιλανθανόμενος τοῖς δὲ ἔμπροσθεν ἐπεκτεινόμενος,

Paul said, “My brothers (ἀδελφοί)!  I do not consider that I have made it my own (ἐγὼ ἐμαυτὸν οὔπω λογίζομαι κατειληφέναι).  But this one thing I do (ἓν δέ).  I forget what lies behind (ὰ μὲν ὀπίσω ἐπιλανθανόμενος).  I strain forward to what lies ahead (τοῖς δὲ ἔμπροσθεν ἐπεκτεινόμενος).”  Only this Philippian letter uniquely used this word ἐπεκτεινόμενος, that means to extend, to stretch forward, or strain after.  Paul called the Philippians his brothers.  He did not consider that he had obtained full knowledge of Jesus Christ.  However, he had forgotten what was behind him.  He was only straining or stretching forward to what lies ahead in his knowledge about Jesus Christ.  This was a never-ending task, seeking to understand Jesus Christ.  Paul had only one aim in life, to understand Jesus Christ.  What is your aim in life?

Simeon (Lk 2:25-2:25)

“Now there was a man

In Jerusalem,

Whose name

Was Simeon.

This man

Was righteous

And devout.

He was looking forward

To the consolation

Of Israel.

The Holy Spirit

Rested upon him.”

 

Καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπος ἦν ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ ᾧ ὄνομα Συμεών, καὶ ὁ ἄνθρωπος οὗτος δίκαιος καὶ εὐλαβής, προσδεχόμενος παράκλησιν τοῦ Ἰσραήλ, καὶ Πνεῦμα ἦν Ἅγιον ἐπ’ αὐτόν·

 

Next Luke brought a man named Simeon into this scene in the Jerusalem Temple.  We know nothing else about him, except what is written here in Luke.  Simeon (ᾧ ὄνομα Συμεών,) was a righteous (καὶ ὁ ἄνθρωπος οὗτος δίκαιος) and devout God-fearing man (καὶ εὐλαβής) living in Jerusalem (Καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπος ἦν ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ).  He was looking forward to the consolation of Israel (προσδεχόμενος παράκλησιν τοῦ Ἰσραήλ).  The Holy Spirit rested upon him (καὶ Πνεῦμα ἦν Ἅγιον ἐπ’ αὐτόν).  Once again, Luke emphasized that the Holy Spirit was on Simeon, just he had been on John, Mary, Elizabeth, and Zechariah, 5 people filled with the Holy Spirit.  The consolation that Simeon was expecting was the redemption of Israel or the messianic happening of the end times.