|New International Version (©2011)|
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
New Living Translation (©2007)
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
English Standard Version (©2001)
and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens,
International Standard Version (©2012)
raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly realm in the Messiah Jesus,
NET Bible (©2006)
and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
And he has raised us up with him and seated us with himself in Heaven in Yeshua The Messiah,
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
American King James Version
And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
American Standard Version
and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places , in Christ Jesus:
And hath raised us up together, and hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, through Christ Jesus.
Darby Bible Translation
and has raised us up together, and has made us sit down together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
English Revised Version
and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:
Webster's Bible Translation
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:
Weymouth New Testament
raised us with Him from the dead, and enthroned us with Him in the heavenly realms as being in Christ Jesus,
World English Bible
and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Young's Literal Translation
and did raise us up together, and did seat us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
2:1-10 Sin is the death of the soul. A man dead in trespasses and sins has no desire for spiritual pleasures. When we look upon a corpse, it gives an awful feeling. A never-dying spirit is now fled, and has left nothing but the ruins of a man. But if we viewed things aright, we should be far more affected by the thought of a dead soul, a lost, fallen spirit. A state of sin is a state of conformity to this world. Wicked men are slaves to Satan. Satan is the author of that proud, carnal disposition which there is in ungodly men; he rules in the hearts of men. From Scripture it is clear, that whether men have been most prone to sensual or to spiritual wickedness, all men, being naturally children of disobedience, are also by nature children of wrath. What reason have sinners, then, to seek earnestly for that grace which will make them, of children of wrath, children of God and heirs of glory! God's eternal love or good-will toward his creatures, is the fountain whence all his mercies flow to us; and that love of God is great love, and that mercy is rich mercy. And every converted sinner is a saved sinner; delivered from sin and wrath. The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favour of God; and he saves, not by the works of the law, but through faith in Christ Jesus. Grace in the soul is a new life in the soul. A regenerated sinner becomes a living soul; he lives a life of holiness, being born of God: he lives, being delivered from the guilt of sin, by pardoning and justifying grace. Sinners roll themselves in the dust; sanctified souls sit in heavenly places, are raised above this world, by Christ's grace. The goodness of God in converting and saving sinners heretofore, encourages others in after-time, to hope in his grace and mercy. Our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not of works, lest any man should boast. These things are not brought to pass by any thing done by us, therefore all boasting is shut out. All is the free gift of God, and the effect of being quickened by his power. It was his purpose, to which he prepared us, by blessing us with the knowledge of his will, and his Holy Spirit producing such a change in us, that we should glorify God by our good conversation, and perseverance in holiness. None can from Scripture abuse this doctrine, or accuse it of any tendency to evil. All who do so, are without excuse.
Verse 6. - And hath raised us up with him (comp. Philippians 3:10); so that we no longer walk "according to the course of this world," but according to the life of Christ; we walk "in newness of life." And seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. As God placed Jesus at his right hand in heaven, so he has placed his people with him in heavenly places; i.e. places where the privileges of heaven are dispensed, where the air of heaven is breathed, where the fellowship and the enjoyment of heaven are known, where an elevation of spirit is experienced as if heaven were begun. Such was the case of the three disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration; of the two on the way to Emmaus, when their heart burned within them; of the beloved disciple when he was "in the Spirit on the Lord's day;" of many at the Holy Supper, or in fervent communion with brother and sister believers, when they seem at the very gate of heaven. This is sometimes the experience at conversion, but the vividness of the feeling does not always abide. The repetition of "in Christ Jesus" in this connection emphasizes the fact that this gracious proceeding of God towards us is in immediate connection with the work and person of Christ. It is as being one with Christ Jesus that all this raising up comes to us.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And hath raised us up together,.... Which refers either to a spiritual resurrection, to a resurrection from a death in sin, to a spiritual life; and which is the effect of almighty power, and of rich grace and mercy; and in which Christ is concerned: he is the efficient cause of it, he raises the dead in this sense, and quickens whom he will; and his resurrection is the virtual cause of it; and also the exemplar, between which there is a great likeness; both bear the same name; both are a declaration of sonship; and both the first step to glory in Christ and in his people; and both are instances of the exceeding greatness of God's power: or it may refer to a corporeal resurrection, said to be already, because it is in faith and hope, and because of the certainty of it; and to be together with Christ, because of the conformity of it to his resurrection, and to the influence of which it is owing; and chiefly because that when Christ rose from the dead, all his people rose in him, and with him, as their head and representative, he being the firstfruits of them that slept; so called, in allusion to the firstfruits of the harvest under the law, which represented and sanctified the whole:
and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Christ is entered into heaven as the forerunner, to take possession of it for his people, in their name; and to prepare mansions of glory for them, and in these they sit; which imports honour, pleasure, rest from labour and weariness, and safety and security: and what adds to the happiness of this is, that it is together with all the saints, and with Christ himself; and in these they are made to sit already; which is so said, because of the certainty of it, for the same glory Christ has, they shall have; and because of their right to such a blessing; and chiefly because Christ their head is set down therein, who sustains their persons, bears their names on his heart, and represents them.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
6. raised us up together—with Christ. The "raising up" presupposes previous quickening of Jesus in the tomb, and of us in the grave of our sins.
made us sit together—with Christ, namely, in His ascension. Believers are bodily in heaven in point of right, and virtually so in spirit, and have each their own place assigned there, which in due time they shall take possession of (Php 3:20, 21). He does not say, "on the right hand of God"; a prerogative reserved to Christ peculiarly; though they shall share His throne (Re 3:21).
in Christ Jesus—Our union with Him is the ground of our present spiritual, and future bodily, resurrection and ascension. "Christ Jesus" is the phrase mostly used in this Epistle, in which the office of the Christ, the Anointed Prophet, Priest and King, is the prominent thought; when the Person is prominent, "Jesus Christ" is the phrase used.
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