1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
<b>Before we are born again, our human spirit is 'dead, or separated' from God just as there is separation of the spirit from the body in physical death (Jam 2:26), there is a separation between God and man in spiritual death. When man was no longer able to fellowship with God, there was a loss of spiritual life (Eph 4:18) and communion with God. To enable communion with God we must be born again. (1 John 3:3, Rom 10:9, 1 Pet 1:23)</b>
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
<b>God told Adam and Eve that in the day they ate of the forbidden fruit, they would surely die. They didn't die physically that day, but they died spiritually. Their spiritual death resulted in emotional misery all of their days and, eventually, physical death centuries later (Ge 5:5). So, death started in the spirit and eventually manifested itself in the physical. Likewise, the new life takes place in the spirit and eventually manifests itself in the physical, proportional to how much believers renew are prepared to renew their minds. (Rom 12:2) Renewing the mind is not learning or adding new things, learning is not necessarily changing. In renewing the mind. The measure of thought and study you give to the truth will be the measure that comes back to you (Mark 4:24).
1. Living victoriously as Christians requires change.
2. Become a student of the Bible.
3. God’s Word is a lamp, reproofs of instruction are the way of life (Proverbs 6:23).
4. When faced with any situation or challenge, apply the Word of God.
5. Locate and understand your thoughts, when your thought do not line up with the Word of God, apply the word to your thinking. (2 Cor 10:5) Know where you are in the process of renewing of your mind. </b>
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
<b>This death (separation) took place in the spirit and resulted in death being passed on to the soul and physical body. The "dead" human spirit of a lost person still functions, but it functions independently of God. As Paul explained in Eph 2:3, the lost human spirit actually became united to satan so that man was "by nature the children of wrath, Paul calls this the sinful nature". (Gal 5:19-21)</b>
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
<b>God's motive for providing salvation is total love (John 3:16). God loves us so much that He sent His son to die and in rising again Jesus becomes Himself the way back into communion and fellowship with God our Father. (John 14:6) Therefore, accepting salvation is accepting God's love. </b>
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
<b>We were dead in sins, now we are made alive in Christ, quickened means to make alive. Now through Christ, by the Holy spirit we can have communion with God. (Heb 4:16) Now God hears our prayers and we can hear Him through the voice of His word, the Holy Spirit speaking through Christ. (Ps 103:20, 1 Sam 3:1-11)</b>
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
<b>Now in Christ Jesus who is in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father (Col 3:1), we are raised into a heavenly realm above satanic power (satanic power exists in the earthly realm in the soul area Eph 2:2, Gal 5:19-21) into a place of authority in Christ. (Jude 1:25, Matt 28:18-19, Acts 3:6)</b>
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
<b>Everything in God operates through faith, the faith of Christ and not our faith. Christ is grace (Eph 4:7), when we stand in Him, we stand in grace (God's unmerited favour, His willingness to be involved in every area of our life), we stand in love, we stand in authority.</b>
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
<b>No one can earn salvation by doing good deeds such as religious activity or works to earn God's favour. James gives us the clear definition of good works (Jam 2:20) which are exploits in God. (Matt 10:7-8)</b>
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
<b>We are His workmanship, spirit, soul and body. (Joh 3:3-5, Rom 10:9) We are spirit beings, when we are born again, it is our human spirit that is reborn into the likeness of Christ. But our soul (which is our mind will and emotions (1 Th 5:23)) remains the same and has to be renewed, daily. In (Matt 16:24) Jesus referred to this as denying our own self and taking up our cross daily, which is taking up the word of God in the Holy Spirit, daily, by this we grow into Christ by revelation of His word (Matt 16:15-17, Eph 4:15) growing into His image in our soul, which then begins to mirror our spirit which is already perfect in Christ (1 Cor 13:11-13)). We live in a body which reacts to whomever is instructing it. The bible calls the soul (our mind will and emotions) the flesh (carnal nature (1 Cor 3:3)). Before we are born again, our soul is in charge of our spirit and body, when we become born again our soul is to be brought under subjection to our born again spirit, which can only take place if we allow it. (Rom 8:13 amp) The purpose of God's plan is for us to walk in the Spirit, walk in Christ and to carry out God's plan. In Him all things are fulfilled.</b>
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
<b>The circumcision (Gen 17:9-14) was an outward sign of God's covenant with Israel, through Christ, all 'born again believers' are now 'grafted into the covenant promises of God. (Rom 11:11-24)</b>
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
<b>Before being born again, we are outside of Christ and outside of God' s covenant of promise. God offered great promises and blessings to the Israelites. If they obeyed, God promised to make of them a great nation and to protect, prosper and provide for them (Lev 26:3-13, Deut 28:1-14). God said to ancient Israel "Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people." (Exodus 19:5) "Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. and walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you." (Jer 7:23).</b>
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
<b>Before being "born again" (1 John 3:3, Rom 10:9, 1 Pet 1:23), There was little or no communication with God and no benefit of His presence. After salvation, we are able to speak to Him (through the Holy Spirit, Matt 10:20) at any time and His presence is always available (Phil 4:5). The blood of Jesus refers to Christ's death as a means of securing salvation and of the New Covenant between God and man. Under the New Covenant, the blood of Jesus has provided the forgiveness of sins (Eph 1:7), a new heart (Jer 31:33-34), mercy toward unrighteousness (Heb 8:12), justification (Ro 5:9), eternal redemption (Heb 9:12), intimate relationship with God (Heb 8:11), deliverance from a worthless kind of life (1 Pe 1:18-19), peace with God (Col 1:20), the putting away of sin (Heb 9:26), continual cleansing (1 Jo 1:7), a cleansed conscience (Heb 9:14), deliverance from the Law (Eph 2:15), reconciliation (Eph 2:16), access to the Father (Eph 2:18), a perfect standing before God (Col 1:22), the spoiling of principalities and powers (Col 2:15), Christian liberty (Ga 5:1), and healing for the physical body (Mt 8:17).</b>
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
<b>When Jesus was crucified the veil in the temple was torn (rent from top to bottom (Matt 27:50-51)) the veil was symbolic of Christ Himself as the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Before Christ , only the high priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies in the temple, through a thick veil, to intercede on behalf of the people. Now Christ is our superior High Priest, and as believers in His finished work, we partake of His better priesthood. We can now enter the Holy of Holies to the Father (Heb 4:16) through Him. Hebrews 10:19-20 says that the faithful enter into the sanctuary by the “blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the veil, that is, through his flesh.” Here we see the image of Jesus’ flesh being torn for us just as He was tearing the veil (the veil represents the sinful nature that separates us from God) that separated us from the Father.</b>
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
<b>In Christ, we are new creatures (2 Cor 5:17). There is no longer the distinction of Jew and Gentile. 'To make in himself', means that in Christ is made one Church out of both people, which is the body of which Jesus Christ is the head. Thus he makes one new man (man refers to mankind man and women as there is no gender in the spirit (Gal 3:27-28)), one new Church; and thus he makes and establishes it in His peace.</b>
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
<b>Having, by his death upon the cross, made reconciliation between God and man, and by his Spirit in their hearts removed the enmity of their fallen, sinful nature.</b>
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
<b>Prior to this, Jews could approach God through their mediator, the high priest, and Gentiles could approach God by converting to Judaism. But now Jesus has become the door whereby all people may come to God solely on the basis of our moving into His faith.</b>
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
<b>Now all believers have access to the Father through Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit. (Heb 4:16 amp)</b>
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
<b>Christ Himself is called the chief cornerstone on whom every structure is aligned perfectly. This depicts believers as a carefully joined, constantly growing temple inhabited by God. The Jews and Gentiles are now an ever-growing spiritual structure indwelt by God. Whereas a church building is sometimes called the house of God, in reality believers are the temple of God (1 Co 3:9 and 6:19, 1 Co 3:16). "For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (2 Co 6:16).</b>