And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Think back to when you first swung a golf club, shot a basketball, or tried to catch a grounder. Odds are it wasn’t a glorious sight. After years and decades of practice, we still are not as good as we hoped we would be and we strive to become better each day. The same is true for us in our progression from lost sinner to a baptized believer. As you look back, we have regret and embarrassment over some of our actions and reactions. Paul taught the church at Ephesians that the believer does not begin to actually live until Christ is a part of his/her life. Without Christ, the person is dead without any hope or future, but for the confidence and faith in Him. We still have our days of shooting in the 100’s as a Christian, but the Holy Spirit is present to convict us unto repentance and strengthen us to reach greater heights. The unbeliever, on the other hand, is incapable of any type of spiritual understanding or affection. Just as the physically dead is incapable of any physical act, the spiritually dead man is in a state of sinful servitude and cannot act in satisfaction to God. However, Ephesians 2:5, gives the lost hope and understanding that no physical act can bring upon salvation. Paul preached, “even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” This “quickening” allows man to fully understand and ascertain the burden of the weight of his sin and the insufficiency of self–righteousness. Gloriously, through this miraculous “quickening“, he gains an understanding of fullness of Christ. Only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are able to realize that the power of Christ lives in us more so than the quickened person actually lives.