Bible Study The Book Of Ephesians Verse By Verse

Lesson 13 Chapter Two Verses 6 Ė 9

Vs.6, "and hath raised us up together and made us sit, together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."

Vs.5, Paul, says God, "Öhath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved.)"

"Öquickened us together with Christ" (vs. 5), the word "quicken" is uniformly used in, scripture with reference to "make alive" the, Greek word for quicken is "Zodpojego" and means to "make alive" so it is, Paul says to the saintís God hath made us alive together with Christ." (gr. Sunzoopiego).

The experiences which Paul refers to in verse six ("raised up togetherÖ sit togetherÖ "With Christ") are the effects and evidences of being quickened together with Christ.

Christ was in the grave with the sins of the elect. He had suffered the penalty for His people at Calvary, and He died under that awful, but just penalty. Yet, it is not enough to die, He also must be made alive Christís, death atoned for our sins, but forgiveness alone does not convey eternal life, nor admit us into Godís presence. Godís holiness is of such nature that it repels from its presence anything and everything that has ever had anything to do. With sin"", (Rom. 8:11, Acts 10:42).

In Christís death, divine justice was satisfied, and when satisfaction is attained it requires no more. Justice demands a victim, and the execution of the victim. Christ met these demands; He became His peoples substitute, and died in their room and stead. But it is not enough for the believer to say, "I am crucified with Christ," he must also be able to say, "nevertheless I live" (Gal. 2:20). It is not enough for Christ to go to the cross, and to the grave; while this would set aside our sins it would leave, us in the grave, nay, it would mean Satan had gained the victory. For God would be eternally shut out His own heaven. Perish the thought,

We (the elect) must not only be forgiven our sins, we must be justified in order to enter the presence of God. Christ must not only die, be buried He also must be raised from the dead, and enter the presence of God, for us. Christ is the only man that never sinned and God accepts the elect in Christ thus it is Paul says, "who (Christ) was delivered for our offenses (not His), and was raised again for our justification" (Rom. 4:25).

Christ was quickened (made alive) in the grave, where the burden of our sin laid Him. and with this truth in view, Paul says, "but God who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved)" (Vss.4 & 5).

"And, hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ "Jesus."

Not only hath God quickened us, made us alive, but has brought us up out of sins grave and given us a place in heaven. Yea so much so, that we are exalted in Christ at Godís own right hand. I do not understand very much about this great grace of God, but I pray for ability to appreciate it, "Ögreat is the mystery of godlinessÖ" (I Tim. 3:16)

In the divine counsel the believer is already seated with Christ in glory, in the mind of God we have arrived, and our position in Christ is absolute and eternally fixed. This is the view that in Christ is absolute and eternally fixed. This is the view that Paul presents in verse six, Godís point of view.

The word "together", is not so much a reference to our being, together with one another as it is to our being together with Christ. Being embody with Christ, exalted in glory, the thought. Is enough to stagger our imagination. Yet we miss t he whole point if we do not understand that, we can have this fellowship with Christ here and now. The believer, by virtue of his union with Christ, is a partaker of all that God has done for his only Son. It is no wonder that John said, "behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we, should be called the sons of God." (I John 3:1), -

Vs. 7 "that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Jesus Christ."

"In the ages to comeÖ" this phrase refers to infinite duration or endlessness, but is inclusive of our pilgrimage in this present time. It has to do primarily with the eternal state beyond the curse of sin, when the "course of this world" is no more, and eternity manifests that grandeur of Godís grace which we in time beheld as it were through a glass darkly. It in way implies that we are not the objects of Godís grace and kindness now, but that our finiteness is so profound that we cannot appreciate it as we should.

Some commentators interprets the words "He might shew" to mean that God is going to (in the eternal age) put on an exhibition of His grace that will surpass any demonstrations given in the ages of time. To reinforce their argument they contend the word "exceeding" has no significance apart from this explanation.
I consider this to be an erroneous view for the simple reason there can be no greater demonstration of God's grace than the crucifixion of his sinless Son, and that took place in the "course of this world." the word "exceeding" seems to have to do with the bestowal of the benefits purchased by Christ for us, and. the perfecting of our understanding and appreciation of them.

Vs. 8 "for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God."

"For by grace are ye saved..." God has never had but one way of redeeming his people from their sins, and that has been, and is by His free grace. The term "free grace" is in the technical sense, a misnomer, for if it is not free it cannot be grace.

"By grace," not baptism, church membership praying or any creature.

"Ye are saved." this phrase when viewed in the light of the context is seen to point back to a previous experience, one that was radical and decisive. An experience whereby they were saved from imminent and eternal danger. They were saved sometime in the past they were yet saved and were in a process of being saved. we might illustrate it by a man being saved from a burning house, the fireman climbs the ladder to the fifth story window, finds the man lying unconscious on the floor from smoke inhalation, he revives the man, helps him over to the window, aids him in climbing down the ladder, he reaches the ground and is received by the waiting arm of his loved ones. 1. The man was saved, when he, reached the ladder 2. And he was being saved while going down the ladder, 3. And he was saved when reached the ground. Thus it is with us, we were saved sometime in the past from the penalty of our sins, and we are progressively being saved from the power of sin and will in the future be saved from the presence of sin. In Godís, sight our salvation is complete, and we are enthroned with Christ at His right hand, but from our human experience it is yet in progress.

"through faith," the unregenerate person has no faith in the God of the bible, so faith can be neither meritorious, nor the procuring cause of salvation. Faith, like, repentance is a gift of God received in and at the time of regeneration, the triune God is the exclusive cause of salvation, else it would not be of grace.

Faith is that element, or faculty whereby the believer rests his hope on Christ, and faith is that hand which reaches out and appropriates the promised blessings of Christ faith is assertive, rather than causative.

The language of faith is "God be merciful to me a sinner."

regetmative grace has built into it, repentance and faith, and are inseparable graces received by the quickening power of God.

So, we conclude, that salvation is by the free favor of God shown to not only the undeserving, but to the ill deserving, salvation is not faiths reward, but faith is salvations undeserved gift.

The term "grace" when considered in a theological sense declares that God was under no obligation to save any son of Adam, much less you and I.

Salvation is not a reward for human obedience or merit, but is the glorious gift of Godís gracious favor.

To reaffirm what has just been said the apostle adds Vs. 9 "not of works, lest any man should boast. Paul asks this question, "where is boasting then? Then he answers the question by saying, "it is excluded." (Rom. 3:27).

Christ is our "wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption," thus there is no room for any man to "glory in His presence"
(1 Cor. 1: 29-30)