Raised Us Up

by Mike Ratliff

4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 (NASB) 

The debate over Lordship Salvation is more than unfortunate, but, as in all controversies in the Church, God uses them, in multi-faceted ways, to accomplish His will. Through the controversy, those who stand firm against the attacks by going to the Word of God and via their defenses against the continual battles in the Truth War, the sheep are edified while the enemies of the cross are identified and are even further separated from the flock in order that they may do as little harm as possible. Some of these battles never seem to end. God has allowed some of these to rage for hundreds of years in various forms. After all, our enemy never really comes up with anything new, just a different slant here and there on his same old arguments, “Hath God said….” In the case of the battle over Lordship Salvation, those who reject it are really being very inconsistent in their theology because they are focusing everything from the perspective of man rather than from the perspective of God. However, to put things in the correct perspective, as one theologian has said, “When Christ comes into your life, your life changes. God’s Word everywhere declares that a change is automatic when someone truly believes.” 

In our post from January 14th, Quicken Together With, we looked at passages that described God taking us who were once dead in trespasses and sins and making us alive together with Christ. In this post, we will look at what comes next. Not only did God make us spiritually alive in Christ, he also raised us up together from moral death to a new and blessed life devoted to God. The Bible knows nothing of Christians believing and then going back into a life of sin, rejecting the Lordship of Christ.

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10 (NASB) 

Carefully read the passage above. The part in bold is v6. Here is v6 from the NASB, “and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Here is v6 from the NA28 Greek text, “καὶ συνήγειρεν καὶ συνεκάθισεν ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ,”

Here is my translation of v6 from the NA28 Greek text, “And He raised us with Him and seated us with Him in the Heavenlies in Christ Jesus,”

The phrase “He raised us with Him” is a translation of the verb συνήγειρεν, which is the Aorist, Indicative, Active form of συνεγείρω (sunegeirō). As stated above, this is defined as, “to raise up together from moral death to a new and blessed life devoted to God.” Another definition I like is, “to raise up with Christ by spiritual resemblance of His resurrection. ” All of that to say, “Those truly in Christ are no longer on the level of sin.” Christ has raised all of us up to a “new level” or a “new potential.” God has not raised us up so we will live like we are still dead in trespasses and sin. Does this mean we will live perfect, sinless lives? Not in this life, but for now, we are dead to sin and we are capable of no longer living in sin.

What marks those who are attaining victory over sin in their lives now as opposed to those who struggle mightily with habitual sin? Even though all of us truly in Christ are alive in Him and have been raised up together with Him to walk in newness of life now, if we still cling to the things of this world then what we are actually doing is remaining bound up in grave clothes like Lazarus after Jesus called him forth from the tomb. He had been dead, but now he was alive, but he was still bound up in the evidences of death. Jesus commanded that they unbind him and let him go. When Christians try to hang on to the values, purposes, and goals of the world they are clinging to those grave clothes.

To be victorious in this life now is available to all in Christ. If we will take up our Crosses, deny ourselves, and follow Jesus daily our values will then be marked by Christ’s values. What the world values is fading away and is worthless compared to what awaits those who overcome this world.

Soli Deo Gloria!

7 thoughts on “Raised Us Up

  1. I believe that unless the American Church rejects the “Eternal Security” or “Once Saved Always Saved doctrine” there can be no moral revival and thus no hope for America.

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  2. Regarding the comment left by S.A. Raj, the Bible clearly teaches the doctrine of Eternal Security. John 10:28-30 and other passages teach this unequivocally. This doctrine is also known as The Perseverance or Preservation of the Saints. The doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS) is something entirely different, as in OSAS one may sin with reckless abandon and still go to heaven. OSAS abuses Christian liberty and insults God. OSAS is directly connected to what is known as Decisional Regeneration or Easy Believism, and in my opinion, it is the bane of the Christian Church.

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  3. Your description of Lazarus bound by his grave clothes as evidence of his death compared to Christians who are supposed to be alive and free but are actually still bound up by the remnants of being dead is an an excellent metaphor of much of our current visible Christians. Alive but still bound up by love of deathly things.

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  4. John 10:28-30 says those who follow Jesus are His sheep and thus they are secure as long as they follow Him. There is no unconditional eternal security in the Bible.

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  5. 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. 26 But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” John 10:25-30 (NASB)

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  6. The verses I posted are in context of what you quoted. They solidly teach eternal security. True Christians are saved by Grace through Faith not of works or anything they do or of any merit within themselves->

    8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB)

    Regeneration is what enables a lost person to believe, this regeneration makes them Born Again. They are New Creations. These Born Again believers do follow Christ and they do those good works, i.e. produce godly fruit as they abide in the True Vine who is Christ, but only Born Again believers do this. Fake believers cannot do this and will fall away or they will remain religious, but they are not in Christ, but are only religious. That is the bane of Easy-believism throughout the world. We are saved by grace through faith period.

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