What Does Ephesians 2:5 Mean?

even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

Ephesians 2:5(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Every man and woman that has ever drawn breath is born dead in trespasses and sins and is at enmity with God. Fallen humanity is separated from our holy God by an unbridgeable sin barrier. But even when we were spiritually dead in sin.. totally alienated from God and without the slightest hope in the world, God provided access to Himself. He gave us new life and made us alive, through faith in Christ.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross, those who have trusted Christ by faith have been quickened by God, and made alive in Him, despite being spiritually dead in our sins. It is by grace we are saved - not because of our merit but because in His mercy and love.. so that by His propitiatory death and resurrection we too might be made alive together with Him.

By faith, we were made spiritually alive and born afresh, into a new creation in Christ. And it is by virtue of His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection that we too have been imputed with His resurrected life and clothed in the righteousness of Christ forever - "it is by grace we are saved not of works, lest anyone should boast."

Although we were spiritually dead in our trespasses and sin, we have been made spiritually alive by faith in Christ’s work on the cross. This is a truth that should rejoice our heart every moment of the day. By virtue of our new birth and spiritual resurrection, we have been placed into an eternal, spiritual union with Christ and been made part of His spiritual body, which is the Church. As members of that spiritual body, we are positioned in Him and spiritually seated with Him in heavenly places. Hallelujah! Praise His holy name!

The inexhaustible wisdom and love of God is reflected in these blessed words: "God has made us alive together with Christ, (by grace you are saved)". From the terrible curse of the Law and the irreversible state of sin and death, which is the fixed and final state of all mankind - the divine nature of our merciful God has reached down to man, in a providential display of His abundant supply, through His unconditional covenant of grace.

The imputing of Christ's righteousness on sinful man is the result of the incomparable mission of the Redeemer, Who through His saving blood, which was shed on a wooden tree, has lifted all who believe on His name, out of the miry clay and into the heights of God's holy presence. Those of us who were spiritually dead and eternally separated from our heavenly Creator have been quickened from the dead.. and made alive in Christ, by grace through faith.

By His redemptive work, we have been made a new creation in Christ, fully pardoned from sin, endowed with eternal salvation, permanently in-dwelt with His Holy Spirit and forever accepted in the Beloved, by our Father in heaven.

Even when we were dead in sins, God made us alive together with Christ, and is fully satisfied with the price that was paid, on the cross, for our sins. There is not one thing we can ever do to repay God - for it is by grace alone that we have been saved. Today we are being sanctified by grace alone and one day we will be in His presence and be glorified by grace alone.  Praise God for His goodness and grace towards the children of men.

May we never become so familiar with the truth that when we were dead in our sins, God quickened us together with Christ, and saved by God's grace. May we never allow an overfamiliar with the truth of the gospel of God to cause indifference to be cultivated in our heart.

May we regularly reflect on the enormity of what the Lord has done for us..for while we were still helplessly estranged from God, He sent Christ to die for us at the right time, and demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ.. the Son of the most high God - God the SON, died for us. 

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, Who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love Divine!
’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness Divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

My Prayer

Loving Father I scarce can take in the enormity and wisdom of Your plan for my salvation and the mercy and grace that has made me free from the power of sin and death and imputed to me the righteousness of Your Beloved Son. There is nothing I can do.. except to thank You dear Father and pray that with my whole body, soul and spirit, I may glorify You in all I am and all I do, through the power of the Holy Spirit and to the praise of Your holy name. AMEN.

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