Clarke's Philippians 3:11 Bible Commentary The resurrection of the dead - That is, the resurrection of those who, having died in the Lord, rise to glory and honor; and hence St. Paul uses a peculiar word which occurs no where else in the New Testament, εξαναστασις. And so we find Paul striving to grow in grace and to know Christ more. ◄Philippians 3:11 ► If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead. Well, the word “resurrection' comes from the Greek word “anastasin'. Paul knew the Lord Jesus as his Saviour, but desired to know Him more fully, for he recognised that the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ, was the most important and precious thing in this life, and in the life to come. Not in a figurative sense, the resurrection from the death of sin to a life of grace, of which Christ is the efficient cause, for this the apostle had attained to; unless the consummation of that spiritual life, in perfect holiness, should be intended, than which nothing was more desirable by him; nor in a representative sense, for this also he enjoyed in Christ his head, being risen with him, and in him, when he rose from the dead; but in a literal sense and designs not the general resurrection of the just and unjust, which he believed; for he knew that everyone must, and will attain to this, even Pharaoh, Judas, and the worst of men; but the special and particular resurrection of the righteous, the better resurrection, which will be first, and upon the personal coming of Christ, and by virtue of union to him, and in a glorious manner, and to everlasting life and happiness: and when the apostle says, "if by any means" he might attain to this, it is not to be understood as if he doubted of it, which would be inconsistent with his firm persuasion, that nothing should separate him from the love of God, and with his full assurance of faith, as to interest in Jesus Christ; but it denotes the difficulty of attaining it, since through various afflictions and great tribulations a believer must pass, before he comes to it; and also the apostle's earnest desire of it, and strenuous endeavour for it; not caring what scenes of trouble, or sea of sorrow what fiery trials, severe sufferings, or cruel death he went through, so be it he obtained as he believed he should, the glorious and better resurrection; he counted not his life dear to himself, he loved it not unto death, having in view the blissful and happy state after it. He wanted to experience the power that came through Christ's resurrection and he desired to participate in his Saviour's suffering, and become like Him in His death. Let us endeavour to grow in grace, mature in the faith and live godly lives in Christ Jesus.. knowing that by His grace, this will receive a great reward. May we strive, day by day, to be conformed to His death - in order that we may attain to the resurrection from the dead. But why would Paul, who already has the assurance of the resurrection of the dead strive to attain to the OUT-resurrection? Philippians 3:11 Commentaries. Paul had the most impressive genealogy, and was born into the most advantageous of families. 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The exanastasis must therefore mean a further selection of some before the anastasis of 1 Thessalonians 4:14, and Paul was not yet sure of attaining to this. Paul was already saved by grace through faith! However, the good works that we do to the glory of God and not for the honour of self.. will result in a spiritual reward, as the Bible clearly teaches. Well, Paul knew that salvation is the first stride and not the final step in our Christian life. Arrive Attain Dead Hope Life Means Order Possible Resurrection Reward Rising Somehow Way. of Does he question the assurance of his salvation? OH! Paul had all the advantages that money could buy - but, following his conversion, on the road to Damascus, he considered all his privileges to be rubbish, in order to gain Christ, and be found in Him. He had already received the assurance of his bodily resurrection and everlasting life, when he first believed. This meaning is strengthened here by the repetition of the preposition with the word "resurrection" ἐξανάστασις). The resurrection of the body is one of the many advantages of trusting Christ for salvation. His great desire to be like Christ, was in order that he might attain to the resurrection of the dead. Every believer has the absolute assurance that like Christ.. we will rise from the dead. If “anastasin' means “resurrection'.. 'EX-anastasin' would have the meaning 'OUT-resurrection'. Paul admitted.. that despite his impressive parentage, worldly privileges, educational advantage and outstanding achievements, he would have been condemned to a lost eternity, had it not been for the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice at Calvary - for there is no favouritism with God. For as in Adam all die, so also those who are positioned in Christ, by faith, will all be made alive and be resurrected from the dead. So why would Paul strive to attain to the resurrection of the dead? Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. But having been saved.. Paul wanted to know Christ more. Philippians 3:11. Perhaps he had the assurance when he wrote 2 Timothy 4:7. I pray that like Paul, I may strive to attain to the resurrection - (the EX-anastasin) of the dead, as I press towards to goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, my Saviour - to His praise and glory. This I ask in His name, AMEN. Philippians 3:1–11 warns Christians about the influence of false teachers, particularly those who add legalism on top of the gospel. But what did Paul mean when he said.. in order that I might attain to the resurrection of the dead? He was taught by the most eminent of teachers, received an outstanding education and attained significant qualification.. but it means nothing in the eternal realm. If by any means I, might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.] Paul understood that his redemption and righteousness had nothing to do with himself.. but came from God alone. Proud member He was incapable of attaining to the righteousness that would come by keeping every jot and tittle of the Law. Philippians 3:11 - to see if at all possible I may attain to the earlier resurrection from the dead. However, in this passage the preface EX is added - “EXanastasin' and this is the only place where “EXanastasin' is used in the entire Bible!! We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Jump to Next. Salem Media Group. I pray that in Your grace and power I may make every effort to finish the race that is set before me. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. He desired to participate in Christ's resurrection power.. and fellowship in His sufferings - in order that I may attain to the OUT-resurrection from the dead. “If, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” In the English, in this verse, Paul appears to doubt that he will rise from the dead. Heavenly Father, I pray that in thought, word and deed, I may strive to live godly in Christ Jesus to Your praise and glory. For since by a man came death, by a Man also came the resurrection of the dead. But no matter which interpretation you favour - this verse reminds us that we are to strive to know the Lord Jesus more intimately... to know the power of His resurrection.. and to fellowship in His sufferings. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Verse 11 is a continuation of Paul’s personal testimony about his spiritual aspirations. And every day, in the life of a Christian, is a day when we can die to self and our own, personal desires.. and live for Christ and do all to the glory of God. in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Some scholars suggest that this is a reference to the rapture and some like to spiritualise these verses to make them say what they would like them to say. And it appears, that in this passage, Paul is hinting that the 'out-resurrection' for which he strove, has a connection with the rewards that believers will receive, at the judgement seat of Christ. The good works that we do to the glory of God have no effect on our salvation - for salvation is exclusively by grace through faith in Christ's sacrifice.
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