Death to Life

Why do Christians need to learn how to practice resurrection? Simple: We have been resurrected and it changes everything.

Ephesians 2 opens this way,

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— (Ephesians 2:1-2 ESV)

We were dead in our sin. We were following the enemy. We were following the “course of this world.” We were spiritually dead. We were separated from God. Being dead meant that we could do nothing. We couldn’t do the things that God had prepared beforehand for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). Being dead meant that we were without hope in the world.

Thankfully, Paul writes this as a follow up…

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV)

Mercifully God made us alive. He resurrected our spiritually dead selves. By grace we are saved from ourselves. By grace we are made alive. We cannot make ourselves alive on our own. God in his grace makes us alive.

When you think about your life being resurrected from the dead what is your response? What is your response to God, in his grace and mercy, making you alive together with Christ?

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