Quickened

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!

2 thoughts on “Quickened

  1. Great post. I liked you adding “The KJV translates this as “hath he quickened together.”….as it means ‘made alive’. Yes, as His followers, we are truly made alive in and through Him. He is our Way, our Truth and our Bread of Life. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:28
    Thank you for sharing.

    I and my husband prefer the King James Version, authorized of course. We actually have The Companion Bible, Kregel publication. It’s a great Authorized KJV study Bible, with 198 appendixes in the back for further in depth study. We prefer KJV for three reasons. It’s closer to the pure quill, meaning it’s not watered down as the newer versions are, it flows poetically, and it’s the only version you are able to use The Strongs Exhaustive Concordance where you can look up every word in it, and learn the definition of the Hebrew and Greek meaning as to how it’s used in context in the subject of each particular scripture. I even have the 1611 KJV. It takes a knowledge of the King James language to actually be able to decipher the language in that version. After awhile it gets easier.

    I came across your site in ‘Startpage’ search engine when I was looking up God is a Cardio knower. It had your March 19, 2015 link. The title of your post is Who is the Knower of Hearts | Possessing the Treasure… so, nice to meet you, brother in Christ.
    Take care and God bless.
    Susan ♡

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