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Ephesians 2:5

    Ephesians 2:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved),

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Even when we were dead through our sins, gave us life together with Christ (by grace you have salvation),

    Webster's Revision

    even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved),

    World English Bible

    even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    even when we were dead through our trespasses, quickened us together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved),

    Definitions for Ephesians 2:5

    Grace - Kindness; favor.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 2:5

    Even when we were dead in sins - Dead in our souls; dead towards God; dead in law; and exposed to death eternal,

    Hath quickened us together with Christ - God has given us as complete a resurrection from the death of sin to a life of righteousness, as the body of Christ has had from the grave. And as this quickening, or making alive, was most gratuitous on God's part, the apostle, with great propriety, says; By grace ye are saved.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 2:5

    Even when we were dead in sins - notes, Ephesians 2:1; compare Romans 5:8. The construction here is, "God, who is rich in mercy, on account of the great love which he bare unto us, even being dead in sin, hath quickened us," etc. It does not mean that he quickened us when we were dead in sin, but that he loved us then, and made provision for our salvation. It was love to the children of wrath; love to those who had no love to return to him; love to the alienated and the lost. That is true love - the sincerest and the purest benevolence - love, not like that of people, but such only as God bestows. Man loves his friend, his benefactor, his kindred - God loves his foes, and seeks to do them good.

    Hath quickened us - Hath made us alive see Ephesians 2:1.

    Together with Christ - In connection with him; or in virtue of his being raised up from the grave. The meaning is, that there was such a connection between Christ and those whom the Father hath given to him, that his resurrection from the grave involved their resurrection to spiritual life. It was like raising up the head and the members - the whole body together; compare the notes at Romans 6:5. 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 1 Peter 4:13, and we share his glory with him on his throne; Revelation 3:21.

    By grace ye are saved - Margin, "by whose;" see the notes at Romans 3:24. Paul's mind was full of the subject of salvation by grace, and he throws it in here, even in an argument, as a point which he would never have them lose sight of. The subject before him was one eminently adapted to bring this truth to mind, and though, in the train of his arguments, he had no time now to dwell on it, yet he would not suffer any opportunity to pass without referring to it.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 2:5

    2:5 He hath quickened us together with Christ - In conformity to him, and by virtue of our union with him. By grace ye are saved - Grace is both the beginning and end. The apostle speaks indifferently either in the first or second person; the Jews and gentiles being in the same circumstance, both by nature and by grace. This text lays the axe to the very root of spiritual pride, and all glorying in ourselves. Therefore St. Paul, foreseeing the backwardness of mankind to receive it, yet knowing the absolute necessity of its being received, again asserts the very same truth, Eph 2:8, in the very same words.