Isaiah 26:19, Ephesians 5:13 – 14
From the point of man’s fall, God already had a plan of redemption in place – a plan of salvation to restore and redeem man from the dead and depraved state which he has fallen into through the act of disobedience (sin).
God spoke through the prophet Isaiah that the dead (in sin and iniquities) shall live again and those asleep shall awake out of sleep and rise – this was a foretelling of Christ’s death and resurrection and this was clearly restated by the apostle Paul in the New Testament.
1 Alive through the new life in Christ
2 Awake to the reality of Christ-like life
3 Alert to the return of Christ
# 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20
Christ through His death on the cross has redeemed us (mankind) from the curse of the law which leads to sin and death and He therefore offers us a new life.
It is the life of a new creature – a life of faith characterized by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in God through Christ Jesus. This life is responsive to, controlled, guided and powered by the Holy Spirit and makes us alive in and to God.
By virtue of this (new) life imparted in us, we have permanent victory and dominion over death – Romans 6:8 – 9
# 2 Peter 1:3, Isaiah 52:1, 1 Corinthians 15:34
Following on our receiving the new life in Christ, we have been equipped and empowered with all that relate to life (in Christ) and godliness – that is, a Christ-like life, a holy life and righteous living.
To be awake means to be active, conscious and not asleep. This implies that we are thoroughly conscious of the reality and practicality of living the Christ-like holy life in our day-to-day life. As someone rightly quoted that “HOLINESS IS RELATIONSHIP-BASED.”
It is important to note, that this life is enabled and powered by the Spirit sent to us from above.
# Ephesians 6:18, 1 Peter 5:8, Romans 13:11 – 14
To be alert means to be watchful, attentive and be on-guard. Because of the assurance that we have that our saviour and master will return at any time, we have a crucial duty to be always ready and on-guard because the devil (the adversary of our soul) continues to deploy all his wiles to shift us off the track we are treading to attain eternal life.
In essence, we are to be alert in the place of prayer and our conduct of life and constantly be in READINESS FOR CHRIST’S COMING.