I. What Did God Do?
The present Christian was dead in his former spiritual state—hopeless, BUT God gave us life when He raised Christ up (v.5).
A. This is magnificently exciting in that God miraculously restored mankind back to the state that He created us to be in the Garden of Eden
1. One cannot truly appreciate the magnitude of this until (s)he has fully understood from what God has delivered us (Cf. Eph. 2.1-3). Q
II. He Put Us in His Kingdom
A. Being hidden in Christ, the Christian inherits alll that Christ inherits from God. Therefore, seeing that "He seated us with him in the heavenly realms," we can see that we shall, too, inherit the kingdom of God; in a present practical sense, God has given us the supernatural power through His restoration to inherit the culture of heaven.
III. Why Did God Do the Above?
A. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus (v. 7).
1. Cf. Isaiah 43.25
2. Cf. Psalms 106.7-8
3. Cf. John 12.27-28
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