by Mike Ratliff
13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, Colossians 2:13 (NASB)
There is a related word in Scripture to “regeneration.” It only appears twice in the New Testament. One of those is in the passage I place at the top of this post. The words “made you alive together with” translate the Greek συνεζωοποίησεν (synezōopoiēsen) the third singular, aorist active indicative case of συζωοποιέω (syzōopoieō) which means, “make alive with someone.” The KJV translates this as “hath he quickened together.”
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), Ephesians 2:4-5 (NASB)
Again, we have a phrase, “made us alive together with” which translates the Greek συνεζωοποίησεν (synezōopoiēsen). The aorist tense shows that at a once-for-all point in the past we were made alive “together with Christ,” that is, in connection with Him, associated with Him in newness of life. In other words, the same power that raised Him from the grave is the same power that has given us eternal life. The very same infinite power that could revive the physically dead also revives the spiritually dead.
A crucial truth to understand here is the picture of our identification with Christ. we need to recognize a wondrous progression:
- We have been crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20).
- We died with Christ (Romans 6:8; 2 Timothy 2:11).
- We were buried with Christ (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12).
- Now we have been given new life with Christ (quickened).
20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20-21 (NASB)
Now we can rejoice in the new life we have with, in connection, in association with Christ!
Soli Deo Gloria!