A Note from Our Pastor:

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;”

Ephesians 2:1

Good Morning Dearly Beloved,

As we move within our bibles in this series from chapter one to chapter two we should remember that the chapter divides were not a creation of the Apostle. He did not write this with chapter divides, but rather as a letter that moved from one thought to the next. As you read this and study it, ignore the chapter divide and see how the end of chapter one connects with this verse and the beginning of chapter two.

Quickened. Another of those words that in the course of time and as our language has devolved is no longer widely in use. The word quickened in your bible simply means to make alive. Thus, the Apostle begins this verse by saying God made you alive.

What does the Apostle mean by that? Is he referring to the state of our bodies and a need to revive these bodies? How are we made alive?

In the second phrase, the Apostle tells us that we were dead in trespasses and in sins. This phrase clues in the reader that we are referring to a spiritual life not a natural life. That while the body was functioning, growing, and going about life we were spiritually dead to the things of God. Dead to faith, to true love, to rejoicing, and to hope.

This state of being dead was our status prior to regeneration. Just as a physically dead woman cannot walk hear, cannot see, cannot respond, and cannot walk a spiritually dead person cannot hear the gospel, cannot respond to the gospel, and cannot walk after Jesus Christ.

Thanks be to God that the child of God is not left in that state. By the same power that he will resurrect these bodies, God has made us alive spiritually. That is the act of regeneration that we might hear, respond, and follow after him.

Our Prayers are with you daily,

Brother Jeremiah

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