“Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved).” Eph 2:5
The words “has he quickened” mean, “has he made alive”..
Paul wrote to Ephesus, that before they were converted, they were “dead in sins.”
Sin is the death of the soul..
A man dead in trespasses and sins has no desire for spiritual pleasures…
Just as a corpse is insensible..
It sees not, and hears not, and feels not…
The sound of music, and the voice of friendship does not arouse it…
The corpse is unconscious of the busy world around it..
It looks not upon the bright sun and shining stars, as the dead man is in darkness and dead to the things of life..
So it is with the sinner in regard to the spiritual and eternal world..
He sees no beauty in the face of Christ and he hears not the call of God..
In all these, he feels no more concern, and sees no more beauty, than a dead man sees of the world around him…
The sinner sees no beauty in the love of the Saviour and no human power can arouse him to act for God, anymore than human power can rouse the sleeping dead, or open a dead man’s eyes to the daylight…
The same power is needed in the conversion of a sinner which is also needed in raising the dead..
The “spiritually” dead person needs to be made alive by Christ as salvation brings eternal LIFE to the DEAD..
The power that raised Christ from the dead, also quickens the spiritually dead soul and that comes by His resurrection power..
1..What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
2..By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
3..Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4.We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5..For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
6..For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,and that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
8..Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Rom 6:1-6,8
There is a close connection in the New Testament of the “believer’s union with Christ”…
We are crucified with Him..
We died with Him..
We live with Him..
We reign with Him.
We are joint heirs with Him..
We share His sufferings on earth..
“But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:13
We share His glory with Him on His throne..
“To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.” Rev 3:21
The bottom line is this:
Man whether physical or spiritual, cannot bring himself to life, Christ has to quicken him and regenerate him…
Apart from Christ, man can do NOTHING…