|Ephesians 2:5 |
5 And when we were dead in our sins, He brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ;2 it is through grace that you are saved; [but you have not been saved by grace until you have been brought to life in union and fellowship with Christ, having been raised up together with Christ into heaven. From the Word of the Lord within: "Saved by grace; but what about the rest of that chapter? You have not experienced grace until you have been raised with Him. Salvation occurs when you are one with Christ and God. Once you are in union, it is permanent." Until brought to union, because of Adam, we all are dead in our sins, dead to the life of God, Gen 2:17,3:24, having been cut off from the tree of life.]
2 Paul is addressing people who have been freed from their sins: when you were dead in your sins. But gentle reader, if you are still sinning, you are a slave to sin and you are dead [to the Life of God] in your sins.
He brought us to life in union and fellowship with Christ. God does not take people still sinning, raise them to life [Life of God] in union and fellowship with Christ. There is no sin in Christ; why would he want the company of sinners in heaven? God expelled the fallen angels from heaven; he expelled Adam from Eden, and so he will ban men who still sin from heaven. Corruption does not inherit incorruption. He only wants the company of those whom he has cleansed - washed — purified — perfected and made holy; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness, what communion has light with darkness. 2 Cor 6:14. He takes people who were dead (to the Life of God) in their sins; frees them from sin; then he raises these from the dead to life in God and Christ in union and fellowship with Christ.