Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ephesians 2:1-7 Death and Resurrection

Just reading Ephesians 2:1-10 again recently and I noticed something I'd never noticed before. The clear picture seems to be of death followed by resurrection. "And you who were dead... God made us alive together with Christ... and raised us up together" I think I must have always read it with Systematic Theology glasses. I suppose it is pretty obvious. We were dead, now we are alive. But it seemed before to just be an independent metaphor. But surely Paul is patterning it after Christ himself, who died and rose again to life? After all, it does say "with Christ" (2:5). In fact, digging around a bit more, Paul does say just immediately prior: "and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when he raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places" (1:19-20). So how natural it is for him to say that we, like Christ, have been raised from the dead with him, and seated in the heavenly places with Him, and all by the same power.

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