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To be sure Jesus’ resurrection was very real and yet for mine, metaphor or the soteriological sense, does not in any way minimise or detract from this, quite the opposite.

Paul knew very well and could say fully of himself and his audience… they had indeed been crucified in the likeness of Christ’s death and thus were to know the likeness of Christ’s resurrection (Rom 6:5); and for that to be very real did not need a 1:1 correlation for that to be their reality, let alone any ontological novelty. Further to this Paul explicitly expresses this reality right here…

Phil 3:10-12, 16 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. … Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

To the degree” clearly indicates a reality already in train. They were already participants in the resurrection reality of the new creation (2Cor 5:17) — this I would suggest is John’s self-same “a new heaven and a new earth” and doesn’t need an ontological novelty retro-fitted to it for it to make sense, at least in my understanding.

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