1. In verse 12 Paul says, “Not that . . . but.” What makes you think that he has or has not obtained what he’s after?

2. According to verse 12, “all this” amounts to what?

3. Explain the contrast in verse 12.

4. To what does “it” refer in verse 13a?

5. Identify the imagery (“forgetting,” “straining”) Paul uses in verse 13.

6. Identify the literal goal and the literal prize to which the figures refer.

7. That imagery extends into verse 14. Identify the figurative “goal” and the figurative “prize” to which he refers.

8. Paul refers to “such a view of things” in verse 15. What view is that?

9. Put verse 16 in your own words.

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