Alive To Christ
Shows God’s great mercy and grace to His sons, in that every believer has been crucified with Christ, dead, buried, quickened, raised, seated with him, and made manifest with him in glory.
SNT – 738
January 5, 1975 (Part of Ephesians 1974 Corps Teaching)
Publication Date: 01-05-1975
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
Eph 1:17-19, 23; 2:1, 5, 3; Rom 6:1, 2, 10, 11; Gal 2:19; 1Pe 2:24
Eph 2:1-4, 10; 4:1,17; 5:2, 8, 15; 2Th 2:9-11; Eph 2:19; 1:18; Rom 6:1-4
Rom 6:5-8, 10-18; Eph 2:4-6; 1:7, 18
Eph 2:6, 7; Gal 2:20; Rom 6:3-5, 8; Col 3:1-4
SNT - 738
January 5, 1975
Alive To Christ
Take your Bibles tonight, please, and turn to Ephesians, the first chapter. I noticed this week
that others nationally gave their predictions for the year 1975. Tonight I would like to share
with you God’s predictions for all eternity. And that specifically for God’s sons and
daughters who are dearly beloved in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:17 - The text reads “...may give unto you the spirit plus, that is to say, wisdom
and revelation in the acknowledgement of him.”
Ephesians 1:18 - is for this reason: understanding - that you may know 1) what is the hope
of his calling, 2) what is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and 3) what is
the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe. Now, at this point (in verse 19)
there begins a parenthesis. The parenthesis goes all the way to the end of the chapter. Then,
in 2:1, the “And you” is outside of the parenthesis. The text would read “Even you.” Then a
parenthesis. And this one terminates after the word “sins” in verse 5. Then at the end of the
verse you have another parenthesis which is in King James already. This is singularly
significant and very remarkable. What I am going to teach you tonight, I knew 12 years ago
and then forgot about it. It just never crystallized within me again until I was in New York.
I had been working on it because we are doing Ephesians with the Corps this year, and I was
trying to find again the documentation that at one time I had. And about two or three weeks
ago I found it, and I prepared it and shared it with our wonderful people in Albany. It is
In these verses, 17, 18 and 19, there are some great truths that I want to set and show you
and then we will put this whole thing together in a wonderful way that will really bless you.
There are three things that you are to know - 1) the hope of his calling which deals with the
return of Christ, 2) the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and 3) what is the
exceeding greatness of his power, which is greatness plus of his power, to usward who
believe. (Then go to 2:1.) “Even you” (go to verse 5) “quickened together with Christ.” That
is the whole context.
Now, the reason that this is so significant is because all of us thought that Ephesians 2:1 read
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in-trespasses and sins.” We teach our people
from the integrity of the Word that the Word interprets itself in the verse, in the context or
where it has been used before, and every word has to be understood in the light of the verse
and so forth. This whole thing deals with the church. It ends up in verse 23 of chapter 1
talking about the church “which is his body, the fullness of him who filleth all in all.” This
high calling of the church is indicated in that verse, and it goes right on with “Even you.”
“Hath he quickened” is in italics in the King James.
That is not accurate. That is not enough. It has to be “quickened us together with Christ.”
You see, “hath he quickened” without Christ would be useless. I wouldn’t want to live that
way. From the context here, this verse (2:1) is dealing with our standing by grace and not
our state by nature. Most of us thought this was our state by nature - dead in trespasses and
sins. In context, it isn’t dealing with that. I will show you why after a bit. This is dealing
with our standing of grace and not with our state by nature because the state by nature is
given in the last part of verse 3, “...were by nature the children of wrath.” The body of the
church is not children of wrath. Therefore, verse 1 of chapter 2 is our standing of grace and
not our state by nature.
First of all in this verse that I want to now get into the depth of and show you the
magnificence and greatness of, there is no word “in” in “who were dead in trespasses and
sins.” The Greek word is en. Yet in King James here, we have it. And inserting the word
“in” they would automatically have to go to the past tense of the verb “were.” This section
here is in the dative case. The dative case is the giving case. I would say to you, “Give me
your Bible.” That puts it in the dative case. What I am really saying is, “Give to me your
Bible.” This verse should read “...dead to (not “in”).” When you are born again of God’s
spirit, you are dead to trespasses and sins. Before you are born again, you are by nature the
children of wrath. Then you are dead in it. But when you are born again you are no longer
dead in it, you are made alive in him. Therefore, you are dead to it. And the accuracy of that
is absolutely phenomenal in this verse.
Romans 6:2 - “...dead to sin.” It is the same usage - dative case.
Romans 6:10 - “...he died unto (to) sin.”
Romans 6:11 - “...dead indeed unto (to) sin.”
Galatians 2:19 - “...dead to the law.” In the dative case it is “to” or “at,” not “in.”
I Peter 2:24 - “...dead to sins.” There is a lot of difference in being dead to sins and being
dead in them.
So in Ephesians 2:1 you read “Even you, who (the usage of “in” made it absolutely necessary
for the translators to use the word “were,” but the word that is used here is ontas, and that is
the present participle of the verb eimi which is “being”) being dead to trespasses and sins.”
The members of the church of the one body not only died to sin, which is the root cause, but
to the fruit of it which is sins. Whenever the Bible uses the word “sin” it is always referring
to the root cause. When it uses “sins” it is the fruit of the cause. We died to sin, the root. The
word “trespasses” means “a falling away from truth when we should have stood uprightly”
and “sins” is the fruit which would literally mean “failing to hit the mark, either by omission
or commission of our walk.”
Ephesians 2:2 - Remember, we are dealing with the parenthesis now. “Wherein in time past
(before you were born again) ye walked according to the course of this world, according to
the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh (the spirit at work) in the
children of disobedience.” But you are not a child of disobedience, you are a child of God.
But before you became a child of God, you were a child of disobedience. There is a
tremendous contrast in the walk of one born again of God’s spirit who has renewed his mind
and the walk of one not born again of God’s spirit. Look at this contrast in verse 2 where it
says “according to this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that
now worketh in the children of disobedience.” In verse 10 we are his workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus unto good works, not to walk according to the prince of the power of the air,
the world, the spirit that now worketh, but according to good works which God hath before
ordained that we should walk in them. That is a tremendous contrast.
Ephesians 4:1 - The walk of the believer is to walk worthy of the vocation.
Ephesians 4:17; 5:2 - The walk in love is in contrast with the one that we did previously
when we were children of disobedience. We are to walk in the light as he is the light when
we are born again. We are to put on the mind of Christ. We are to walk the Word.
Ephesians 5:8, 15 - To those of us who believe who are born again of God’s spirit, we are
children of light, children of God. It is God in Christ in you, the hope of glory at work within
you to will and to do his good pleasure.
II Thessalonians 2:10, 11 - According to this, those who fail to receive the love of the truth
become deluded and will believe a lie.
The prince of the power of the air in Ephesians 2:2 is simply a figure meaning one of gloom
and darkness. The believer, born again of God’s spirit, is with Christ in heaven’s holiest
when he is born again.
Ephesians 2:19 - “...fellow citizens with the saints.” Remember the word hagion in the
Foundational class meaning “holy”? That is the word that is used here for “saints”, only it is
ton hagion. The best translation I know that could possibly be given with it, is “heaven’s
holiest”; “…fellow citizens with heaven’s holiest.” There are a lot of other things in heaven,
but nobody is above the born again believer in Christ. He is in heaven’s holiest. That is the
meaning also in verse 18 of chapter 1 “...the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints
(ton hagion - heaven’s holiest).” Looking back to our state from which we have been
delivered and looking up to our standing position in Christ certainly makes us walk humbly
and lovingly because it is all of God’s grace, not of works lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:3 - We belonged to Satan until we were saved because we were by nature, by
natural birth (body and soul without God and without Christ), children of wrath even as
Then comes that great 4th verse. This “But” sets in contrast what the adversary did to us with
what God did. Even dead to sin is not the goal, it always refers to being alive to Christ. The
alive to Christ is the goal. We are dead to sin because we are alive in Christ.
Romans 6:1-8 - The goal is alive to Christ. You are alive in him.
Romans 6:10, 11 - You have to reckon yourself dead. The adversary will never want you to
do it because he will keep reminding you how sinful you have been and how sinful you still
are. But you have to reckon it dead because God said it is dead and alive to God.
Ephesians 2:4 - “But God, who is (“who is” is being) rich in mercy.” We have today what
we call mercy hospitals. The reason he had to be rich in mercy is because of the wretchedness
of man. Man is forlorn, man is in his misery. The reason I bring this up is because the word
“mercy” and the word “wretchedness” have the same root. “Mercy” is the word eleos, and
“wretched” is the word eleeinos. It is his mercy to the miserable, mercy to the forlorn, mercy
to those who are to be pitied “God being rich in mercy (and that is why it is grace) for his
great love wherewith God loved us.” God loved us. This is true in verse 5; “Even when we
were dead in sins” God still loved us. Then we heard the Word and believed the Word; and
even you, then, were quickened together with Christ (by grace ye are saved). “By grace you
have been saved” is the text.
Ephesians 1:7 - is talking about the redemption through blood, the remission of sins
according to the riches of his grace. Every time you read “the riches of his grace” in the
Word, it will always refer to redemption. Whenever you read “the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in heaven’s holiest,” like in verse 18, it will always refer to the inheritance. “The
riches of his grace” relates to the redemption; the “riches of the glory” relates to the
inheritance every place in the Word. The riches of God’s grace in his mercy to us originates
not in our misery and us being forlorn that we are to be pitied. Nor does this come to us
because we have a covenant with God like Israel had. But our sonship, our standing is for
his great love wherewith he loved us. That is the key.
“By grace you have been saved” in verse 5 is again the perfect passive participle form,
grammatically. Salvation is not a process. It is an accomplished work and reality in the past
tense with present effects.
Ephesians 2:6 - “Hath raised” is real interesting because the word “raised” should be
translated “roused” or “awakened.” It is a different word that is used than the one that talks
about the resurrection because the church will never be resurrected. Israel will be resurrected
and all unbelievers will be resurrected. Biblically, to be resurrected, everybody has to be
dead, and the church will never come to the place where everybody will be dead, for some
will still be alive and remain until his coming. That is why the resurrection in the Word never
refers to the church of the body to which you and I belong. And that is why the word that is
used here is not the word that is used to stand up. It is the word “awakened.” The great
significance of this may dawn on us later, I don’t know, but to Israel and the unbelievers
there is not going to be an awakening period. When the trumpet sounds they are going to
pop straight up - out - stand. That is the word anastasis. But that is not the way the believer
works. Before you stand up in the morning, what do you do? Wake up, and that is the word
that is used here. God is going to take the church and wake us up with a little old soft alarm
clock that has music playing or something. Isn’t that beautiful that the Greek text would use
that word? But when you see it there in English, you would relate this word to other words
like in Corinthians, and you don’t see that great truth. The truth is that he has awakened us,
roused us up together and made us sit. He didn’t ask us, he made us. He said “SIT DOWN.”
If we would just magnify what we have in Christ and what Christ is in us in our walk. That
is the only way we can magnify it - in our walk. All people read is your life and mine. They
watch how you smile and how you act and how you treat people. So let them see what a
Christian looks like. Some of them will probably die, and old Digger will get them because
they are so acclimatized to being negative and your being so positive scares them to death.
The word “sit” means when something is completely complete. This word has a two-fold
significance. The Greek word is sugkathizō which is transliterated into our English word
“cathedral” and a cathedral, denominationally speaking, is the seat of the bishop. Wherever
there is a cathedral, there is a bishop. The cathedral has in it the chair or the seat of the bishop.
It means that that is his place of rest, his seat, it belongs to him, but that seat carries authority
and power with it. God made us sit in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. It is our seat. We are at
rest, but we have authority sitting in that chair - Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Ephesians 2:7 - is the purpose. “…He might shew (exhibit).” Why do you have an exhibit?
Because you want to show your materials. That is the word that is used here. “…He might
exhibit the exceeding riches of his grace.” When somebody sees you, they will say that you
are the exceeding riches of his grace, and that is right-on. In his exhibit, I am not the
important thing, but the important thing when he exhibits me will be that everybody will
know the riches of his grace in his kindness toward me in Christ Jesus. The word “kindness”
is that same word that is used in a family where a father is kind to his children. It deals with
the family. He is going to show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness to his family.
It is the word that is used regarding a home, and a family lives in it.
This whole section terminates with verse 7. This finishes up what I call chapter 1. And in the
process of this understanding of this chapter, I learned some very significant things. I have
learned that 1) I was crucified with Christ, 2) I was dead with Christ, 3) I was buried with
Christ, 4) I was quickened with Christ, 5) I was raised with Christ and 6) I ascended with
him and I am seated with Christ. And I learned one more thing.
Galatians 2:20 - “I am (was) crucified with Christ.” When Christ was crucified, you were
crucified with him.
Romans 6:3 - When he died, we died with him.
Romans 6:4 - “…buried with him by baptism into death.”
Romans 6:5 - When he was raised, we were raised with him. Because we were “planted
together in the likeness of his death, we shall also... resurrection.” In order to have a
resurrection, everybody has to be dead. Jesus Christ is everybody at that moment. There is
nobody else who has ever been resurrected. He is the only one who has ever been resurrected.
Even when the Bible talks about raising people from the dead, it was not a resurrection
because they died again. In a resurrection, Biblically speaking, there is no longer death. And
all the believers of the future (after the day of Pentecost and on to the return of Christ) died
with Christ when he died and when he arose (and it is called a resurrection) we already rose
with him. That is why we are seated.
So when you put this all together, it is really significant that Ephesians says that he hath
raised us up together and made us sit together in Christ Jesus. So you and I were crucified
with Christ, we died with Christ, we were buried with Christ, we were quickened with Christ,
we were raised up with Christ, and we are seated with Christ. Those are six things to the
body of the church, and there is yet one great one that is in Colossians. There are only seven
in the Bible, and only seven that you will ever experience.
Colossians 3:1-4 - “...then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” The word there is
“manifest in glory”. So we not only died with Christ and all those other things, but we are
manifested with Christ in glory. What a fantastic thing the church of the body is. Those seven
things are for every believer. That is why we are not saved by works but by grace; even you,
quickened in Christ Jesus. Before, we were children, naturally, of the adversary. But we got
a new father when we confessed with our mouth the Lord Jesus because the spiritual is
greater than the natural man. The man of body and soul lives for 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 years or
120 or 966. But that on the inside is eternal life. That is spirit. And the greater is more
important than the lesser. So in Christ we have all of this by his mercy and grace wherewith
he loved us.