Saturday, March 31, 2007

Make Alive With

Greek Word Pronunciation: su-zo-ah-poi-EH-oh
Strong’s Number: 4806
Goodrich/Kohlenberger Number: 5188
Key Verse: “God … made us alive together with Christ …” -- Ephesians 2:5

Sunzoopoieo is a compound verb comprised of 3 parts: sun, meaning “with”; zoo, meaning “life”; and poieo, meaning “to make, to do.” It appears only twice in the New Testament. The KJV translates the word as “quickened together with.”

[One synonym of this word is zoopoieo, meaning “to give life.” It appears in the New Testament 10 times, and most of those instances emphasize that all three members of the Trinity are responsible for giving to believers eternal life. God gives life; spiritual resurrection life now in believers’ mortal bodies, and physical resurrection in the future (John 5:21; Romans 4:17; 8:11). Jesus Christ gives spiritual eternal life and a resurrected body (John 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15:45). The Holy Spirit gives life (salvation) to those who believe (John 6:63).]

In Colossians 2:13, Paul writes, “When you were dead in your transgressions, … He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions …” And In EPHESIANS 2:5, Paul writes that “even when we were dead in our transgressions, God … made us alive together with Christ.” The only way a spiritually dead person can communicate with God is to be made alive, and that must be done by the One who is Himself alive. Just as Christ’s resurrection proved that He was delivered from the sin laid on Him, so our spiritual quickening proves that we have been forgiven our sins. As Christ is seated at God’s right hand, the Body also sits there with Him. We are already seated there IN Him, and hereafter shall be seated BY Him.

Everywhere in the New Testament, the close connection of the believer with Christ is affirmed. We are crucified with Him. We die with Him. We rise with Him. We live with Him. We reign with Him. We are joint heirs with Him. We share His sufferings on earth, and we share His glory with Him on his throne.

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