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


Now we come to the first action that God did for us in Christ.

made us alive together with Christ

Both verse one and this verse say that we were dead to God at one time. Spiritually dead people need to be made alive to God. This is what salvation does (Jn 5:24). God does this for us “together with Christ.”

People spiritually dead toward God can be made alive with Christ. New life for the believer comes because he or she shares what happened to Christ, the resurrection and exaltation of Christ. There is a close relationship between the believer and Christ. That relationship affects the Christian’s future because we share “together” His destiny (Ro 4:17; 8:11).


God gives us eternal life by sharing the destiny of Christ.


God is in the business of giving life. He is a life-giving person. He does this together with Christ. By virtue of our union with Christ, His death is our death, His resurrection is our resurrection, and His session at the right hand of the Father is our session.