"If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead."—Phil. 3:11.
All men are to attain unto the literal resurrection. It does not depend upon human effort. What resurrection can man accomplish by his efforts" The context shows. Paul is exalting the Gospel when he says:
"And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death: if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead."
Evidently he refers here to a rising into that moral condition that Jesus occupied. He frequently employs this idea.
"Knowing this, that the old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."—Rom. 6:6.
The resurrection to be attained follows the crucifixion of "the old man." Seeing he had not yet reached that condition, Paul says: "Not as though I had already attained, neither were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus."
He inculcates the same idea when he says: "How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?" Again he says that we should "walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together, in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection."
The resurrection which Paul strove to attain unto, and for which we should all strive continually, is from sin to holiness, from the death in trespasses and sin to the life in Christ. The Greek word ana-stasis signifies "resurrection." The element stasis may be traced back to the old Sanscrit root sta, "to stand," or, "to stand up." The element ana is intensive, and in this case has the sense of "again." The wordana-stasis, then, signifies literally a standing up again, or the "resurrection." It is standing up a second time, after having fallen down in death. The resurrection to be attained by human effort is the rising out of sin into Christian manhood or womanhood.
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