|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." We die in our sins through the baptism of death. From the Word of the Lord within: "There is a dying. One actually dies to enter the camp. You are raised to a new life, not just an imitation; He is one with us and ever-present." For detail on the baptism of fire and death, see the footnote to Matthew 3:11-12 on this site.]
2 Paul is addressing people who have been freed from their sins: when you were dead in your sins. This is not being raised from the grave after a normal physical death. This refers to the final step in your crucifixion where your undergo the baptism of fire and death, dying and being buried with Christ, (but not buried in this dimension), and then called forth from the grave by Christ to be raised to a new life and raised to heaven with Christ; but you still walk the earth too, as Christ guides your every word to be spoken and every deed to be done. You lose your life at the conclusion of your crucifixion of self, with many many acts of commanded repentance, several trials with suffering, and then the baptism of fire, which is the baptism of death. From the Word of the Lord within: "There is a dying. One actually dies to enter the camp. You are raised to a new life, not just an imitation; He is one with us and ever-present. Christ is actually resurrected in every person that comes to Him and obeys Him repetitively. With persistent and faithful obedience, you too will be raised. These are not paths of glory traveled lightly." For detail on this baptism of fire and death, see the footnote to Matthew 3:11-12 on this site.
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 in their sins; frees them from sin; then he raises them from the dead to a new life in God and Christ in union and fellowship with Christ and God.