• Bishop Keith Butler

Apprehended and Apprehending

If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:11-12)


Paul understood that he was not yet perfect. He knew that there were still flaws, mistakes, and missteps in his life. Paul had not yet reached the place of ideal maturity in Christ; he knew that he still had growing to do. But he was zealously making progress toward becoming more like Jesus.

Paul wrote that the process of becoming more like Jesus began because Christ Jesus apprehended him. Remember the story of Paul on the road to Damascus when Jesus appeared, and Paul fell to the ground? There he confessed Jesus as Lord. At that moment, Jesus had apprehended him.


You may not be able to remember the specific day or time that Jesus apprehended your heart (although some of us do). What we all remember is that once the devil had our hearts and controlled our condition, but one day, Jesus changed everything.


Our apprehended heart longs to apprehend (or grasp) the fullness of the life that Jesus died to provide for us. This is not a selfish mindset or ideal; it is instead a desire to honor the Lord for what He did for us in His death and resurrection. We should receive everything He died to provide.


Paul was entirely consumed by wanting to know more about Jesus and be more like his Lord and Master. Let us also strive to press forward in apprehending where we have also been apprehended.


Practical Application – Spend time studying an aspect of the life of Jesus. Maybe you want to study His temptation in the wilderness or His sermon on the mount. Whatever you decide to read, put yourself in the story. Imagine yourself there and learn more about Jesus as you allow your God-given imagination to place you in the scene, learning from the Savior.


Ephesians 1:9; Ephesians 3:18

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