Col. 2:13. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
And you hath He quickened: Before a person comes to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and redemption, he is already dead! This is something we need to consider with care, because today’s religionists don’t say much about it. What we hear instead is that there is good in all mankind, and we just need to encourage that goodness in order to attain heaven. That is a lie.
The Bible says, “There is NONE righteous, no not one! (Romans 3:10).” Isaiah 64:6 tells us that ALL our righteousnesses are like filthy rags in the eyes of God. Good works are wonderful, and as children of God we need to be doing good works. But those works do not give us salvation.
The only view God has of me is through the blood of Jesus. No good thing that I do will be rewarded with eternity in heaven. It is ONLY the blood of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection, that can atone for my sin and put me in right relationship with God.
Without salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, we are already dead, condemned by our nature to sin against a holy God. Until we accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for our sin, we are already condemned to eternal damnation.
Why am I making such an issue of this? Well, partly because it isn’t preached as often and as clearly as it should be. Also, I know people who say, “I’m a good person! I help others; I attend church; I give money to help the poor. A loving God will not send me to hell!” What that person fails to understand is that God doesn’t “send us to hell.” It is our failure to recognize our own sinful nature, and to come to Jesus for salvation, that sends us to hell. We are “condemned already” (John 3:18) until we recognize that our own goodness is not enough.
Here’s the good news: You hath He quickened. We were already dead in our sins and offenses against God, but when we humble ourselves and come to Him for salvation, He forgives all our sin and quickens us together with Jesus Christ.
Two more things to note. The word quicken means to give life. I remember reading The Secret Garden many years ago, and reading that the young boy, Dickon, in the story, said that a plant that looked quite miserable was “wick,” and that it just needed some care in order to green up and produce flowers. Wick was a slang expression, meaning alive, or lively. It’s not a big leap to recognize the connection between wick and quicken.
We are given new life in Jesus; we are quickened in Him.
Second, the word forgives in this verse is from the Greek word charizomai, from which we derive charis (charity), meaning grace. We are forgiven ALL of our sins and trespasses, not because we deserve it, but only by the grace of God.