“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the counsel of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Among whom also we all had our conversation in time past in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of our flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” – Ephesians 2:1-3
LIGHT FOR NOW: We were made alive together with Christ.
In the above text as seen in our previous studies, Paul explained the state of an unsaved man as ‘dead in sins and trespasses’. He described this state as working according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (the spirit) and calls them the children of disobedience.
In other words, what he says ‘as the prince of the power of the air’ is what he further explains as the spirit that works in the children of disobedience and this is in reference to the unsaved man (the children of disobedience). Now, observe the preceding verses (verse 4 to 6) of the same chapter, it reads, “But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved); and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6). So, Paul in his explanation goes further to say that while we were dead in sins and trespasses, God quickened us together with him.
The word, ‘quickened’ as seen in previous study means to make alive. It is translated from the Greek word, ‘zooipoie’ which means to bring to life or to make alive.
The term ‘quickened us together’ was translated from the Greek word, ‘suzoopoie’ which is a combination of two words; the prefix ‘su’ which implies with or together. It is a primary preposition denoting union; that is, what was done was done in consonance with another; and the word ‘zooipoie’ which as earlier seen means to make alive or to give life. In other words, when Paul used the term ‘quickened us together’, it was to imply that the quickening was done in consonance with Jesus.
In essence, when Jesus was quickened, the believer was quickened together with Him. Also, observe that after he talks about us being quickened (made alive) together with Christ, he goes further to show to us that we were raised together with Christ and made to sit together in heavenly places with Christ. This is the fact of the identification. At the point of identification, who Jesus is, is who the believer is; what Jesus has is what the believer has and where Jesus is, is where the believer is. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Ponder on the fact that you are same as Christ. You have what He has and you are where He is.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for making me one with you. Thank you for the union I have with you and the resurrection life at work in me, in Jesus name. Amen
QUOTE: we are who Jesus is, we have what Jesus has and we can do what Jesus can do.
DAILY READING: MORNING: 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15