Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)…
I. The progress of a sinner's salvation.
1. God loves him, though dead in sins.
2. He quickens him.
3. He raises him up.
(1) Spiritually here (Colossians 3:1, etc.).
(2) Corporally hereafter (Romans 8:11).
4. He sets him in heavenly places.
(1) By faith now.
(2) In fact hereafter.
II. Why the blessings of God's chosen are said to be in and with Christ. Because they are first in Him as Head, and from Him communicated to them as members, viz., their election, justification, sanctification, etc.
III. Why the Scripture speaks of what is yet to be done for God's people as done already. From the certainty of their accomplishment. To encourage the faith and hope of His. "God hath spoken in His holiness," etc. (Psalm 55:6, etc.). Believers may look backward and forward, and see themselves surrounded with mercies. How different their end from what they deserve! Woe to them that think of going to heaven without Christ.
(H. Foster, M. A.)
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