“And you hath he quickened”
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:” (Ephesians 2:1)
In this verse we see a great change that has been wrought in the lives of those who are saved. We were once dead in trespasses and sins. Being dead, there were some things about ourselves that we did not realize at the time. Just like a dead man we did not care what was going on about us. A dead man can not hear, he can not feel, he can not see. We were in just this condition. We were dead in our trespasses and sins. Therefore we were utterly powerless to move in any direction, let alone the right one. It was all of God. Just as a dead man, we went only where others would carry us. We followed the way of the world, lost and without hope. “But God”, Oh! The great Love of God! He loved us and that “Even when ye were dead in sins,” I say HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! He not only saved us by His Grace in verse five, but He seated us in verse six. And He is gonna show us off in verse seven. For all eternity we will be the picture of God’s Grace for all creation to see. I’m glad for the Glorious Grace of God that saved me, keeps me saved, and shall yet keep me for all eternity.
When I was dead and without hope, the God of heaven came to where I was and gave me new life. It was nothing that I had done, it was all of Him.
“For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
We don’t earn salvation, we don’t deserve salvation, it is all of God. It is not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, according to John 1:13 “but of God.” It is not of blood, which means that we don’t go to heaven because dad was a preacher, we did not inherit salvation from our parents. It is not of the will of the flesh, which means that we can not work to gain salvation. It is not of the will of man, which means, no matter how much you pay the preacher or the priest, or the church, when you die, no one can pray your soul out of hell. It is all of God, and God alone. And now we are not what we once were. We are no longer dead in sin, but we are dead unto sin.
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:11)
Alive unto God, and it is all of God: Now we that are saved are to “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield yourselves unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
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