Posted by: missionventureministries | September 9, 2012

Made Alive In Christ – Ephesians 2:4-6

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,– Ephesians 2:4-6

In these verses we find the most important truth in all of Christianity:  “because of His great love for us, God made us alive with Christ.”

Previously life was hopeless, now we can have the promise and security in God. Once life was empty and void, now we can enter into the joy of the Lord and begin to be normal and enjoy life with Him at our side.

Looking deeper into this wonderful passage we realize that we were spiritually dead, because of sins and because we were not free from the power of our sinful self. We are born by nature children of wrath; and we become children of disobedience after rejecting Christ when we reached the age of accountability.

Because of His great love for us, . . . God made us alive with Christ when we admit that we are sinners andcannotattain eternal life by ourselves – (Romans 3:23). We believein Jesus Christ as God’s only Son who was crucified for our sins – (Romans 5:8). And confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of our life – (Romans 10:9), and He forgave all our sins. So having been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, believers are made alive by choosing spiritual rebirth according to God’s love and mercy. Salvation is in deed a choice made conscientiously by those seeking a relationship with the divine Father and His son Christ Jesus.

Being made alive with Christ means to experience God’s life within us; it means being born of God through His Spirit. The void in our lives is filled with the joy of salvation and we are made whole as we are raised from the grave of sin, and are seated with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

Being made alive with Christ means “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Being made alive with Christ means He has come to live in us, and He has joined himself to us, and we are one person with Him. Jesus himself taught us: “I am the vine; you are the branches” (John 15:5). Just like the vine and the branch are interconnected sharing life together, so now our identity is no longer in Adam but it is in Christ. We are no longer ordinary human beings, we are new creations linked with the life of Jesus Christ and we are intimately united to Him because Christ is our life.

Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, it is important that we take these verses to heart and never think of ourselves in any other way, because the whole work of the enemy is to get us to disbelieve this most important truth that we are alive in Jesus Christ and we cannot ever be the same again. We need to remember that: We have been made alive to God, “in Christ” we have been raised up to a newness of life unobtainable to us outside of Christ, and we need to remind ourselves that “in Christ” we have been seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. We need to know these words so that we might live out these truths in our everyday life.

Through faith in His Son our Father saves us by grace, not by works, merit or deeds. Only those who believe in Jesus Christ will be saved, anyone else is doomed and headed to hell for all eternity. As believers, we need to remember that we were dead, but God acted on our behalf, He made us live, He made us alive with Christ though His glorious grace and not by our works, therefore, we should be eternally grateful and not boast. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Putting aside pride, greed and lust, believers are blessed with the gift of eternal life. Acceptance of this gift is subject to repentance and receiving according to God’s perfect plan for our lives. As His divine creations, we are made in His image, to serve Him, to praise and worship Him.

In Christ Jesus we are transformed from seeds of wrath to children of God. By faith we are born again, made alive spiritually in the glory of Almighty God.

Our Lord is inviting us all into His life, once we were dead spiritually and enslaved by Satan; now as born again believers, our hearts, our mind, and our spirits, have been set free.

Because of our position in Christ we can transcend any problem or situation. Once we had only ourselves to depend upon, but now we have the abounding power of God’s love, His mercy and grace, and His companionship every moment of our life.

Thank you Father for breathing eternal life into my spiritual deadness and making me alive with Christ.

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