Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:4-7
“And raised up with Him and seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6,7)
God has done a powerful work in the lives of believers. He has taken spiritually dead people and made them alive together with Christ (vs. 4,5). He causes us to be born again. As a result of His work, we now have a new ability to understand the things of God and to live our lives for His glory.
Our salvation is so rich and full. God not only made us alive, but He also raised us up with Christ. Paul is working out a comparison here. His case is that what is true of us spiritually is similar to what happened to our Lord physically when He was raised from the dead. For a period of time, Jesus was dead in the grave; but He came out from the state and place of the dead. Our salvation is comparable to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. We once were dead but now we are alive!
Our Lord went through a change. He was dead in the grave, then alive manifesting Himself in a new way. This is what happens to us — we are no longer dead spiritually…but alive. We are no longer under God’s wrath…but free from it. We are no longer slaves to sin…but now we are free from sin’s bondage.
To be raised together with Christ means that we are sharing in His life and becoming more like Him. We are no longer walking in our trespasses and sins…now we are living an entirely new life. We see things differently. Our hearts have been changed, and we have Christ living in us. Indeed, we have been raised up with Christ!
Heavenly Father, thank You for making me alive together with Christ and raising me up with Him. Thank You that I can now share in the life of Christ and live my life by faith in Him. Thank You for changing my heart and making me a new creation. Thank You for so great a salvation!
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