And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matt: 27:52-53 KJV)
Being previously dead but (now) made alive is a major and unique transformation. This is what Jesus came to attain and achieve in every Man that would receive and believe on the grace He delivered for our salvation. Transformation by dictionary is described as a “thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance”. This is exactly what Jesus achieved in bring us into life from death.
The incidence of our naturality as Man after the fallen nature inherited from Adam, is marked by death. About that nature of being a Man, the Bible says, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, 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.” (Eph. 2:1-7 KJV)
Notice, how our natural persona laden with perennial weakness is clearly marked as walking “according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience…” and were described as dead in sins but God 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. Through Faith and rightly appropriating the salvation grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we are now made (transformed) alive.
Apostle Paul, describing the transformation (transfiguration) of the saints said of himself and in effect every believer, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20 KJV).
That nature of deadness was crucified with Christ; so, we should henceforth not walk according to the course of this world but rather by Christ who now lives in us by Faith. It is not us (our old selves) that now live in our flesh but Christ. That is a transfiguration from being dead to being alive attainable by Faith in Jesus Christ. Happy Easter Celebration.