There are some books of the Bible that, if we are honest, can be a bit of a challenge to read with much enthusiasm. However, rest assured that the book we come to today is definitely not one of those. Many would look at Ephesians as one of their favorite books to read and study, myself included. There are so many principles and truths to sift through that it almost seems like we should focus on just a few verses per day instead of chapters. I remember one church I was a part of in which the pastor took several years of Sunday morning messages just to get through this one book.
So as we look at the first few chapters, there are many verses that seem to jump off the page to me dealing with our wonderful Savior and the work of salvation he has done in our hearts. I want to focus on 2 verses in chapter 2 that have a word I want to touch on. Verse 1 reads, And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;” and again in verse 5, “even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”. Did you notice the common word in those 2 verses? Quickened. It’s a word we don’t use very often these days but I’m sure reading it in context you have an idea of its meaning. It can be defined as being made alive or revived. So it wouldn’t harm the text at all to read verse 1 as, “And you hath he made alive, who were once dead in trespasses and sins.”
As this verse teaches, we were all once spiritually dead in our sins. Oh we were alive physically, but spiritually we had no life and we were bound to our sins. Without Christ we would have lived out our lives in those sins and entered eternity apart from Christ having never experience true life. But then God stepped in! And as He worked in our lives, bringing about repentance and faith, He made us alive. The power and penalty of sin was broken and we were able to enjoy the privilege of the abundant life that Jesus Christ offers each of us. How about you? Have you experienced the new birth or are you still dead in your trespasses and sins? Should God be working on anyone’s heart as they read this devotional, may today be the day that you are made alive!