Made Alive Together With ChristRev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., April 1, 2018
Part of the Easter 2018 series.
For believers in the Risen Savior, there’s no greater news in all the world than the simple announcement, from the pen of the Apostle Paul, that God the Father has “made us alive together with Christ”! These wonderful lines are found in Ephesians 2:5, and they form just a small part of one of the most amazing passages in all of the Word of God—Ephesians 1:1-2:22. In fact, you might just stop where you are right now and read this beloved section of the Ephesian letter.
Of course, what Paul says here about all that God has done in Christ to save us—and is yet to do in the future—hinges upon the one truth without which the Christian Gospel would be just another pipe dream, adrift in a sea of innumerable ideologies and religions. That one truth is the bodily resurrection of our Lord!
The logic is simple enough. We could never be made “alive together with Christ,” and “raised” up with Him, and “seated” with Him (2:5-6) had He not first been made alive, raised from the tomb, lifted to heaven, and seated at the right hand of the Father! Amazingly, then, what Paul is declaring here is that all of these things that actually happened to our Savior also happen to us who believe upon Him! There is no greater message than this!
On Sunday, we will explore the vast riches of this Grand Truth; that because our Lord and Savior has been raised from the dead, we also are alive, and we too shall be raised bodily, and our home is where Christ is, seated at the Father’s right hand! Hallelujah! What a Savior!
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