Ephesians 2:1-9, focusing on 5-9.
 Even when we were dead in sins, He hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
God has such great love for us that He, through Christ, has brought us to Him, even though we were/are sinners.
The words “quickened us together” make up the Greek word συζωοποιέω, which means “to make one alive with another”, and is usually used in relation to morality, which in my mind has the idea of recreating something in the image of something else. So God has brought us up together and made us new, and not just new in a random sort of way, but new like Christ. I mean, how cool, right?
I think it is worth noting that Paul appears to be putting some emphasis on “together”, and I think that he is trying to point out that we are all one body, the body of Christ, and as such all the parts are needed in order for the body to function. So what I’m saying is, don’t go it alone, seek out Godly fellowship and work with the body to further the gospel.
He brings us up, recreates us, and then He gives us a place in the body of Christ. Why, why is He doing all this, is it only for love? That’s what we see next, He does it so that the world, throughout all the ages to come, would see his exceedingly great love, grace, and kindness towards us, and will be drawn to what they see, so that Grace might abound even more.
And lastly we see that there is nothing that we could do to earn what God has given us and therefore cannot boast of our own achievements, it is purely a gift, with no partiality to whom might accept it. We are all saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Application: Continue in fellowship with the body of Christ.
Thanks for reading!
J. D. Sonnenberg