Eph 2:4-6, 4 But God, …5, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
God made us alive and raised us up together with Christ, that is to say, He acquitted us and rewarded (promoted) us. You can be raised from the dead and still live in the graveyard. Jesus was made alive and was raised up from the grave. At the point they came to search for Him, He was no longer there.
In Him, we live (are made alive). In Him, we move (are raised up together…). In Him, we have our being (made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus ). (Act 17:28). This quote by John MacArthur makes this point more clearer, ”When God gives us mercy, it is to change our condition. When God gives us grace, it is to change our position. One takes us from guilt to acquittal. The other takes us from misery to glory.”
Mercy changes our condition from death to life. Grace changes our position from the graveyard to sit with Him in the heavenly places. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and did not leave him there, He had him loosed and let go. Not long after, “1 … Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. 2 There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him”, (John 12:1-2). He who made us alive has now brought us near to sit and dine with Him at His table.
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