The Berean Expositor
Volume 21 - Page 130 of 202
Index | Zoom
Here the word anistemi is simply translated "stand".
It may be well to include in this survey the occurrences of exanistemi (the verbal form
of exanastasis of Phil. 3: 11), Mark 12: 19, Luke 20: 28, and Acts 15: 5.
Whatever the true interpretation of Phil. 3: 11 may be, let it not be spoiled by
wrenching words out of their true place. We desire the truth, and by this we do not mean
ourselves alone. We are sure that many who entertain some of the false views exposed
here equally desire the truth. We write to help, not hinder, and it can do nothing but help
to have a true unassailable scriptural basis for any doctrinal argument we may bring
For the benefit of any who are unacquainted with the original, yet who are found so
often speaking of the exanastasis, we would say that anistemi is the verb of which
anastasis is the noun, one meaning "to rise", the other "the rising".
"He humbled Himself." "The body of our humiliation."
pp. 67 - 70
What is the body of our humiliation? The phrase is taken from Phil. 3: 21:--
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from whence also we look for a Saviour, the Lord
Jesus Christ, who shall transfigure the body of our humiliation to a conformity with the
body of His glory" (Phil. 3: 20, 21).
Those who thus translate this passage have already seen that the conception of a "vile"
body is not in view, and therefore we need not take time over that. Let it be observed that
in this passage there is no alteration or departure from the theme of Phil. 3: 11, and that
to deal with verses 20 and 21 without due regard to their place in the epistle will therefore
not lead to a true exposition.
The first link with the earlier portion is found in the words expressed in the A.V. by
"fashioned like unto His glorious body".  "Fashioned like" is summorphos, and in
verse 10, where we read of "being made conformable unto His death", we find
summorphoumai. There the apostle expresses his willingness and his desire. Not only
does he rejoice in the established fact that he has died with Christ and must therefore live
with Him, but he presses on to fuller realization, knowing, as he himself taught, that
beyond the dying with and living with Christ was the enduring and the reigning with Him
(II Tim. 2: 11-13).
Phil. 3: 10 does not commence with crucifixion and death, but with resurrection, and
that as a present power to usward who believe: "That I may know Him and the power of