This week we are beginning to look at implications of the resurrection hope. Our hope will not be fully realized until the coming of Christ when he raises our mortal bodies and we are "further clothed." Yet we are living in an in-between age - because Christ has already been raised and the scriptures speak about Christians as already having passed from death to life.
The end has already begun! Or rather, the next age has already begun with the resurrection of Jesus and is overlapping into the present age. Even though we are still on guard against sin, learning how to work as God has planned for us, and still waiting for our final redemption (of our bodies), our redemption has begun in our souls by the power of the Spirit.
What are the implications of this "already but not yet" reality for life today? Take a moment to read Ephesians 4-6 and connect it back to Ephesians 2:4-10. How does walking in good works (2:10) expand in a more meaningful way in 4:1; 5:1, 15 when you are thinking about these later chapters in light of "already raised in the soul - waiting for the redemption of our bodies"?