Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 11, 2019

“when we were dead in our transgressions, (God) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 9:36-43.

“Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas);  this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.  And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died;  and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room.  Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.”  So Peter arose and went with them.  When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room;  and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.  But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.”  And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  And he gave her his hand and raised her up;  and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.  It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.  And Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.”  Acts 9:36-43.

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Tabitha was dead, but Peter “prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.”  And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  And he gave her his hand and raised her up”.  Verses 40-41.

Thus, Tabitha was raised up by God.

Today’s Scripture gives us hope that we too, dead in our sins, will be raised up by God.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.


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