The Berean Expositor
Volume 21 - Page 128 of 202
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Here the apostle, already a believer, already a member of His body, steps out into
voluntary association with the suffering and death of His Lord. He cannot make his place
in Christ more secure thereby; he cannot make the attainment of the blessed hope more
sure thereby; membership and hope alike are ours completely, fully and irrevocably in
Christ. For the truth's sake, not for our reputation's sake, we ask the reader to perceive
that we do not bring any uncertainty into the question of our hope. Those who go to
Phil. 3: for the hope, place that hope in an atmosphere of uncertainty, of pursuing,
of attaining, and by so doing take the truth that belongs to the prize, which may be won or
lost, and attach it to the hope which cannot be gained or forfeited. This voluntary
conformity unto the death of Christ, the apostle continues, is so that if by any means I
might attain unto the out-resurrection, that which is out from among the dead ones. Here
is something parallel with the "better resurrection" of Heb. 11: 35. The attainment of this
special resurrection was greatly desired by the apostle because it was the entry into the
added prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
We will not go further in this article; we prefer to leave with the reader this witness of
the use of the words ex and ek. While we pray that not one word of ours may blunt the
edge of Scripture or rob Phil. 3: 11 of all the unique features that legitimately belong to
it, yet we pray that any who have been misled as to the usage of Scripture may so desire
"truth" above all things that they may gladly be prepared to unlearn again and again
rather than entertain one false idea about so vital a theme.
"Roused" and "Raised".
pp. 55 - 57
Scripture never speaks of our having been "raised together", anastasis being never so
used. If the reader has been perusing several pages of an article in which the word used
for resurrection has been exclusively anastasis, and has read with delight the wondrous
truth that the believer has been "raised with" Christ, and has been instructed that this
word "with" is sun, it is only logical that he should assume that Scripture not only speaks
of an ex-anastasis, but also of a sun-anastasis. One friend with whom we had an earnest
conversation based a good deal of his belief that Phil. 3: 11 taught an immediate
translation to glory at death, on the fact that, as he put it, the believer had already been
raised with Christ. It will come as a surprise, and perhaps a shock, to some to learn that,
while we keep to the one word anastasis, such a doctrine as being raised with Christ is
not found in Scripture.
Upon reading this some reader may turn to Col. 2: 12, 3: 1, or Eph. 2: 6, and point
to the fact that in each of these passages we have the expression:--
"Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through faith of the
operation of God, Who hath raised Him out of dead ones" (Col. 2: 12).
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ
sitteth on the right hand of God" (Col. 3: 1).