Eph.2:1-2 “He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
When you were dead in trespasses and sin, God gave you the gift of faith to believe in him by the hearing of his Word, for faith comes by hearing and by the hearing of His Word. That spark of faith made you spiritually alive when you respond to the call of salvation. Eph. chapter 2 says you are made alive, because before you were dead spiritually.
Before we came to know Christ we were dead in trespasses and sin. Absolutely dead. But by the grace of God He made us alive through faith in Christ. Eph.2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” Two times Paul describe us dead. God’s diagnosis is that we were dead. The life of God is the only remedy.
Eph.2:5 “God… made us alive.” We will never understand and experience the fullness of the love of God if we do not see His love in relation to our former deadness. Why? Because the greatness of His love is demonstrated precisely in this: He made us alive when we were dead. That faith to believe is a gift from God. Eph.2:8-9
says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
He gave that faith and He made us alive spiritually. The faith which God provided is the victorious instrument by which we were saved. True faith involves repentance from our sins. God made the first move. He initiated it and provided us with the gift of faith. That is grace. We don’t deserve it, but because of His great love for us He reaches out to us, though we were great sinners. Please consider it. All by grace and by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.