His Resurrection and Our Regeneration
The power of God that quickened us and made us to live spiritually is, in the Scriptures, compared with that power which raised Christ from the dead. Christ died for our sins and was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). We live because He lives; and we are free from sin because our Surety, who bore our sins, is now free from them. But there is a likeness between His resurrection and our regeneration and quickening (Ephesians 1:19-20).
1) His resurrection is called a begetting. He is the first-begotten from the dead. Our regeneration is called a begetting (1st Peter 1:3).
2) His human body was lifeless in the grave, as natural men are dead in sin and without spiritual life (Romans 5:12).
3) His human body could not raise itself, as we cannot give ourselves life (Romans 9:13-16; James 1:18).
4) His resurrection was the pure, unaided work of God, as is our regeneration (Ephesians 2:1).
5) His resurrection led to His exaltation at the right hand of God and is where, in our representative, Jesus Christ, we are already seated (Ephesians 2:6).
Henry Mahan – 1987