Wake up!

In reading Galatians this evening, I came across a pretty cool word: "egeirantos." This word means "raised," as in verse one, "and God the Father, who raised him from the dead."

"εγειραντος" is a word that also has connotations of "Waking up." It's the same root word (egeire) used in Ephesians 5:14 where Paul says "Awake, Sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you."


God the Father egeirantos-ed Jesus from deadness. We are called to egeire into the life God calls us in the light of Christ.

This word "egeirantos" shows up later in church history in an epistle from Ignatius of Antioch (107 AD). He's working through a creedal list and is countering a Docetic heresy and pauses for a relational echo. He says that Christ was truly crucified and died and that he also truly was raised from the dead. He's about to say that he was received up to the Father, but he pauses. "Also was truly raised from the dead, his Father raising him up." Egeirantos is something one person does to another. It's not enough to know that Christ rose from the grave, Ignatius thought we needed to know that the Father raised him up, woke him up from the death-sleep.

When I walk around campus, sometimes I dream that God would wake us up. I wonder, if I listened more closely, if I could hear the voice of God whistling through the trees: "Egeire!"

What would happen if the voice that commanded the cosmos into existence called out: "Wake up!"? What would change? Is that already happening?

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