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. (KJV)
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (NIV)
Not that already I obtained (it) or already have been perfected I am pursuing also however if also I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. (Interlinear)
I am not sure what this verse is saying as a main point. Is it:
Paul is pursuing perfection that he has not achieved, that Jesus laid hold of Paul to become as a task given?
Paul is unsaved and is pursuing salvation perfection as not to fail and be a reprobate or castaway in other verses as stated by himself (to win the prize etc)?
Paul is saved and is pursuing perfection like Jesus perfection in order to understand the perfection that Jesus laid hold of him for in some way?
Paul is saved/not saved and is trying to understand the perfection of Jesus, to show us Jesus' perfection as the task he was potentially given by Jesus as an apostle to us as an example?
Added for association points in messages.
(6) Is it related to verses 1 Cor 9:27 and Timothy 5:12?
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
This is quite a confusing verse to me and can refer to being unsaved or saved, and other things, so what is it actually saying?
Added alteration for addressing others answers: Yes the blood of the lamb saves, but only by the gift of the Grace of God through Faith we are saved, meaning, the hearing of the word of God gives faith, so if a person stops hearing, do they have enough faith etc, and so the issue or question still remains with what Paul is saying here?
It does seem he is in process of something, either has not attained perfect salvation, or attained perfect understanding and so on... A few points seem to have answered so far below but still leave the area of osas or non osas, but may seem too much top ask on this question?
As some have said it seems to relate to some of his end goal of attaining a resurrection body, but how does anyone attain that except by dying, not an understanding? Seems a bit off unless I am obviously not seeing something?