Philippians 3:11

11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:11 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
English Standard Version (ESV)
11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
New Living Translation (NLT)
11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
The Message Bible (MSG)
11 If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.
American Standard Version (ASV)
11 if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
11 with the confidence that I'll come back to life from the dead.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
11 Then by God's grace I will rise from the dead.

Philippians 3:11 Meaning and Commentary

Philippians 3:11

If by any means I, might attain unto the resurrection of
the dead.
] 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.

Philippians 3:11 In-Context

9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 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.
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

Cross References 1

  • 1. S John 11:24; S Romans 6:5; Revelation 20:5,6
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