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chayah. This term is used in the O.T. with the force of 'to revive, or give new life' in a moral sense: hence we read "quicken me again." In Psalm 119 the psalmist asked nine times to be quickened — according to God's word, or His righteousness, or His judgements, etc. See also Psalm 71:20; Psalm 80:18; Psalm 143:11 . In the N.T. the word is ζωοποιέω, and is invariably employed in the sense of making alive those who are in the state, or under the power of death. It is therefore sometimes used as the equivalent of resurrection, but the word is never applied to the wicked dead. It is God's work: the term is employed in connection with the Father (John 5:21 ), with the Son (John 5:21 ), and with the Spirit. John 6:63 . It is characteristic of the last Adam that He is a quickening Spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:45 . In Christ all will be quickened. Evidently the principle of divine sovereignty is involved in the term. God makes alive according to His will. The believer is said to have been quickened together (συζωοποιέω)with Christ, and is thus brought spiritually into association with Christ.

A word may be added on the distinction between 'new birth' and 'quickening.' It lies in the latter implying a making alive in view of an order of things and a state different from that in which the one quickened had lived previously. This is not necessarily the result of new birth; for instance, Israel will have to be born again in view of earthly blessing (John 3:12; Ezekiel 36:25,26 ); but believers now are not only born again, but, as quickened with Christ, they are made to live spiritually in that sphere of holy love into which Christ has entered by resurrection, in order that He might introduce them into it; they thus have passed from death to life.

Bibliography Information
Morrish, George. Entry for 'Quicken, to:'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​mbd/​q/quicken-to.html. 1897.
 
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