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.

8 thoughts on “Quickened

  1. Amen and amen!
    A few years ago as I had been studying Psalm 119, the word quicken was used over and over. I remember thinking what exactly does that word mean. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THAT WORD, because of the meaning. WOW, I was amazed at how packed it was. Strongs KJV H2421 says: to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively to REVIVE:-Keep (leave, make) alive, X certainly, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive), quicken, recover, repair, RESTORE (to life), revive, (X God) save (alive, life, lives), X surely, be whole.
    Praise God!

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    1. I looked at Strong’s too, and was impressed with all the different ways the word can be used. You’re right, it’s amazing. This whole book is becoming more meaningful than it’s ever been to me before. Studying it to write about it is a wonderful thing πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes! The word of God is sharper than a two edged sword! The word of God is amazing. It is deeper than we can imagine. Always ready to reveal something new to us! πŸ™‚ Soon, soon the Lord Jesus Christ will be coming. I believe that. Keep looking up for our King! God bless you sister!

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      2. I agree. I keep listening for the trumpet sound! so many things have happened that fulfill prophecy, and they continue to happen.

        Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon. . .
        A wonderful old song, And when I consider that with God, there is no time, I understand that for us, each day seems so long, but to Him they are nothing. Patience! He will come at exactly the right time!

        Thanks for your encouragement, and may God bless you as well.


      3. YES! We will keep watching for sure! It’s crazy the stuff that has been happening even over the last 6 years…slowly ramping up. Now it is truly getting even more unbelievable. Even the entire alien/UFO stuff that tge government is now saying exists. For years people were ridiculed for speaking about such things. BUT, we know what that is and it isn’t little men from a galaxy far far away.
        Will you please pray for my sons and grandchildren? They live a few states away from me, in Maryland. My youngest is 32 and has told me he didn’t believe when he was around 14. He won’t even listen and will simply shut me down. I finally stopped bringing it up with him. Didn’t want to force something. I pray God will send someone into his life that he respects and they will be able to get him to rethinking everything. He is REALLY intelligent and working for a govt contractor in cyber warfare. He spent 12 years in the military. He is making over 200,000 a year and had no degree. (Too smart for believing in what he calls fairytale. ) BUT God! πŸ™‚
        Then, my oldest son is 38. He just retired from the Navy December 31st 2020. He was divorced about 3 years ago. He moved back to Maryland from Virginia after retired because that’s where his babies are. His oldest is graduating high school next week then he has another girl who just turned 12 and then a boy who is 9. He is a GREAT dad and was a good husband but his ex needed the party life and found someone 11 years younger than her that enjoyed the party scene. My son believed up until about 5 or 6 years ago. We discussed things. Apparently he was reading from so called scholars and then began to second guess God and the Holy scriptures. He will at least read things I send him or said he does. He told me to keep sending things because he does read it. I pray for them to be saved. Youngest name is JD and his bride of a little over a year is Leighann. (They are good people and do good things to help the community, but we both know being good doesn’t get one to heaven. ) Then my oldest, his name is Chad. Please pray God will send someone into thier lives that can speak truth to them and they will have ears to hear.
        Thank you and I do so appreciate your prayers. I look forward to meeting you soon! πŸ™‚πŸ˜ƒ KEEP LOOKING UP!

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      4. Yes, of course I will pray. So sad that our children and grandchildren are so easily led astray in this day and age. We’re seeing it in at least one of our grandchildren.


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