It was that power which was exercised in the resurrection and exaltation of Christ, and which had wrought an analogous change in them. A change from nature to grace requires as much or more divine power, than a change from grace to glory. 1. Explain the import of this representation. And againF11Ib. It is God who ordained the means of salvation, sent His Son into the world to die for sinners, and raising Him from the dead raised also all those who were united to Him by faith by a spiritual resurrection, that they might “walk in newness of life.” This gracious work is due--, 2. He has no sense nor motion. New York. II. Renewal 1960. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. The opinion of Baumgarten-Crusius is akin. A change of the whole human character, by which the dispositions of men become thoroughly altered from that which is evil to that which is good, and by which there are implanted and formed within them those spiritual graces which are essentially connected with the bestowment of the Divine favour and the restoration of the Divine image. Ephesians 2:5 though it be interrupted by many incident thoughts, which, after his usual manner, he enlarges upon by the way, and then returns to the main subject: for here again we must observe, that having, in the verse before us, mentioned their beingdead in trespasses and sins, he proceeds to enlarge upon that forlorn estate of the Gentiles before their conversion; and then comes to what he designed, namely, that God, out of his great goodness, quickened, raised, and placed them together with Christ in his heavenly kingdom. The change which they had experienced was a spiritual resurrection; concerning which the apostle teaches —. The dative may signify sphere. God designed us for one thing, but we have consumed our energy, mind and body on other matters. a nolente facere injuriam; sed in ἁμαρτία et ἁμάρτημα cogitatur facinus quod, qui fecit, facere voluit, sive imprudens erraverit, recte se facere existimans, sive impetu animi et libidine obreptus fecerit.… Levius est παράπτωμα quam ἁμαρτία, si ἁμαρτία de singulo peccato dicitur.” Where however, as here, the two occur together, it may be accepted as correct. “You hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”, III. Because the fact that the Ephesian Christians believed or accepted of this salvation was due not to themselves but to God. Spurgeon. Life is a principle, a capacity necessary for enjoyments of any kind. To be dead in trespasses and sins, intimates the total, the universal prevalence of corruption. And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins. “Through your”: The sins and trespasses that killed us were our own. What great hopes it gave them. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:1". It is easy for them to think that God chose them because they were good, perhaps because they are lovable, cute, kind, eat vegetarian, charity givers, moral, try hard, religious or call themselves Christians. The peal of the last trump alone can start it from its dark and dreamless sleep. 2. The malaria of death is there, and the spreading corruption infects other trees also, and the forest of the dead extends. Trespasses and sins render it ghastly, odious, abominable, a noisome putrefaction before a holy God, like a rotten carcase, or a mere mass of corruption: the Vilest lusts, like worms, riot upon and devour it, but it feels them not, nor can it lift a hand to drive the venom off. Not that we aren"t responsible - we are. III. The resumption accordingly begins already, in Ephesians 2:4, with ὁ δὲ θεός (as even Theophylact expressly observes); not first with Ephesians 2:5, as Wolf and others, including Griesbach, Koppe, ed. III. Not the apostle; he utterly disclaims the power, as well as the honour, of effecting it (1 Corinthians 3:5-6). Christ, the manifested Son of God, is the Alpha and Omega of its proclamations. “Wherefore he saith, ‘Awake thou that sleepest,’” etc. Isaiah 9:2; John 5:25, “dead” (spiritually), 1 Timothy 5:6. 3. It is much more perfect in the larger sorts of animals than in reptiles. As Peter said to the crowds at Pentecost, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38). But this is not the apostle's meaning, for he refers to a past, not a future death. The verb which governs ὑμᾶς is not ὑπέταξεν, nor ἐπλήρωσε mentally supplied, nor the πληρουμένου of the preceding verse, as is supposed by Calovius, Cramer, Koppe, Rosenmüller, and Chandler, for “filling” and death are not homogeneous ideas. Next => B) The Descriptions of Man’s World (2:2), Intro (Ephesians 2:1-3) | Man's Nature (Ephesians 2:1) | Man's World (Ephesians 2:2) | Man's Heart (Ephesians 2:3) | Questions (Ephesians 2:1-3) | mp3 download | Video podcast. The verb for did he quicken does not occur till Ephesians 2:5 and then with ημας — hēmās (us) instead of υμας — humās (you). A wicked man hath no taste of God. The negative symptoms of spiritual death are--. (1) And you hath he quickened.—And you also. https: But in regard to religion, all is dead. As we looked upon these dead ones we were reminded of an experience which comes to many men who are dead also even while they too are in posture, at least, upright. God‘s love and grace in quickening us, once dead, through Christ. Spiritually dead people are just unconscious of what is good, right or normal. Grigor.). Sure it is, but let them do the adding, not me. Ephesians 4:26-27 The Urgency of Resolving Anger “Did He make alive”: God"s great power is also seen in the fact that God can raise men from spiritual death (1:19-20). 2. ), The nature and universality of spiritual death. 2. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. “One misses his mark by failing to fulfill his purposes in life.