“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6 NKJV
I have purposely made the word “together” bold in the quote above. As I was reading this section of scripture this morning, I noticed that this word was key in understanding the entire passage. The emphasis is that this was done, not just for us, but with us. We are good to understand these things were done by our Lord Jesus Christ, for us. However, this is not what the passage says. These things were done “together,” that means “with.”
When I understand something wonderful was done for me (and we do have that in scripture), then we can be eternally grateful and live in reference to the action. However, when we begin to understand and receive that these awesome things were credited by God – seen by God – counted by God – as have been done “with” me. It was not a separate action apart from us, but an action to produced for the Father many children who had died (2 Cor. 5:14), been resurrected, and empowered to live a life of divine royalty based on the work done in them through Christ Jesus. “…and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Cor. 5:15)
It seems, it was not our Father’s intent to make us forever grateful only. But instead to create for Himself “one new man” (Eph. 2:15) able to interact with Him face-to-face, with the power of God released through mortal flesh. Moving into our inheritance as His sons and daughters, fully empowered to live and move as He does in this world – is a trust in the Word that is seldom seen – certainly not generally lived in.
I believe the Word of God. My call in life is to teach what this Word says. These words are true words. Lord enable us to enter, to receive, and then to walk in the faith that releases your sonship in our lives.