Philippians 3:10-16, 20-21 (CLV) . . .
". . .to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, conforming to His death, if somehow I should be attaining to the resurrection that is out from among the dead. Not that I already obtained, or am already perfected. Yet I am pursuing, if I may be grasping also that for which I was grasped also by Christ Jesus. Brethren, not as yet am I reckoning myself to have grasped, yet one thing -- forgetting, indeed, those things which are behind, yet stretching out to those in front -- toward the goal am I pursuing for the prize of God's calling above in Christ Jesus. Whoever, then, are mature, may be disposed to this, and if in anything you are differently disposed, this also shall God reveal to you. Moreover, in what we outstrip others, there is to be a mutual disposition to be observing the elements by the same rule.
Become imitators together of me, brethren, and be noting those who are walking thus, according as you have us for a model . . . our realm is inherent in the heavens, out of which we are awaiting a Saviour also, the Lord, Jesus Christ, Who will transfigure the body of our humiliation, to conform it to the body of His glory, in accord with the operation which enables Him even to subject all to Himself."
Certain things in God are so near to those who draw near to Him. Not that I've "grasped" freely expressing myself in the Divine nature; but, there are moments, like riding the merry-go-round and feeling the ring with a brief glancing touch, yet not actually "grasping" the ring. "Pursuing for the prize" is not bare grace without works. A prize is not a gift. To qualify for the prize you must meet the specified conditions. To respond to this by sinking under legalism is a trap for the immature, not understanding the ways of the Lord. "So foolish are you? Undertaking (beginning) in spirit, are you now being completed in flesh?" (Galatians 3:3)
In Him we're already there. That's how it seems when He "takes" me and I find I'm in a revelation of Himself. I'm there and He indwells; or, is it the other way around? I know those times experiencing no longer being bound in Adam's identity, but released into other realms through the operation of the Spirit of God. The means into that is not something easily described, the "how to" of God. Yet, for faith to rise the word must be sown in the hearing ear. You are, ". . . the mortal [that must] put on the immortal." (1 Corinthians 15:53)
Before that portion of the passage quoted at the first, Paul speaks of, ". . . the knowledge of Christ Jesus . . . of, "gaining Christ," and being, ". . . found in Him," ". . . to know Him."
Philippians 3:8-11 (CLV) . . .
"But, to be sure, I am also deeming all to be a forfeit because of the superiority of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, because of Whom I forfeited all, and am deeming it to be refuse, that I should be gaining Christ, and may be found in Him, not having my righteousness, which is of law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is from God for faith: to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, conforming to His death, if somehow I should be attaining to the resurrection that is out from among the dead."
your brother, James Rohde