David Jeremiah Daily Devotionals August 12 2022 :
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.
Recommended Reading: Ephesians 2:1-3
Years ago, a man in the cemetery business was also a lay evangelist. When speaking to crowds, he would humor them by saying he was in the “underground condominium” business, then transition to how there is no life in cemeteries. They are filled with the bodies of people from whom life has departed until the end of the age.
Paul used the idea of death, and bringing the dead back to life, as an analogy of what it means to receive the gift of salvation. He said that all people, apart from Christ, are spiritually “dead in [their] trespasses.” But by a miracle of grace, we have been “made alive together with [Christ],” having been forgiven of “all trespasses.” Think what a gift of God spiritual life is! Can the dead bodies in a cemetery will themselves back to life? Of course not—and neither can those who are spiritually dead give themselves new spiritual life.
If you are in Christ, you have been given new life as a free gift of God (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8). Give Him thanks today for that gift!
Faith is not an achievement, it is a gift.