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, (7) that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 2:4-7
I was lost with a broken heart
You picked me up, now I’m set apart
From the ash, I am born again
Forever safe in the Saviour’s hands
You are more than my words could say
I’ll follow You Lord for all my days
I’ll fix my eyes, follow in Your ways
Forever free in unending grace
Cause You are, You are
You are my freedom
We lift You higher, lift You higher
Your love, Your love
Your love never ending
Oh oh oh
You are alive in us
Nothing can take Your place
You are all we need
Your love has set us free
In the midst of the darkest night
Let Your love be the shining light
Breaking chains that were holding me
You sent Your Son down and set me free
Everything of this world will fade
I’m pressing on till I see Your face
I will live that Your will be done
I won’t stop till Your Kingdom come
Words and Music by Alexander Pappas & Aodhan King
© 2013 Hillsong Young & Free
Alive in Christ
We do not make ourselves alive; God does. Our sins completely separate us from God, both spiritually, and in our eternal destiny. And yet, the trespasses which Paul mentioned in verse 1, which make us “dead,” were not enough to stop God from making us alive. Interestingly, we are made alive “together with Christ.” This includes the idea again that Jesus is alive; He is risen from the dead and reigns at the right hand of God (Ephesians 1:20).
Ephesians 2:1–10 clearly explains the relationship among our lack of obedience, the grace of God, and our salvation. Those who are saved by Christ do not deserve this salvation. It is only by mercy, and by grace, that God chooses to forgive. In this section, Paul will repeat the claim that human effort has no impact on salvation whatsoever. No Christian can brag about their ”goodness,” since we are saved entirely by the grace of God, not by our own good deeds.
Colossian 2:13 offers similar words: “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses.” Becoming alive involves forgiveness. The last part of this verse adds another reference to the fact that our salvation is purely owed to God’s grace. Paul’s readers were already saved Christians. This salvation took place by God’s grace, something Paul sought to remind them of so they would remain in a state of thanksgiving and live fully devoted to the Lord.
Paul repeatedly emphasizes that salvation is accomplished on the basis of grace, through faith. Good works, human effort, and our best intentions will never be enough to earn salvation. Every person is marked with sin, both deliberate and accidental, and for this reason we deserve to be separated from God. Only through His mercy and grace can we be saved, leaving no room for bragging. This also means that all who are saved, Jew and Gentile alike, are part of the same spiritual family. There is no cause for hostility between believers; we are all unworthy, and all saved by the same kindness of God. – BibleRef.com
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