And you were dead, unable to move, unable to hear, unable to respond, rotting and helpless, dead in evil and sin, the sin in which you willingly walked, chasing the course of this fading world, chasing the prince of the power of the air, the devil that is still working in the sons of disobedience.
Among them we all once lived, in the idolatrous passions of our flesh, carrying out and subject to the desires of the body and mind. And we were, when we were born, from the very beginning, by our nature, children of wrath like all the rest of mankind.
BUT the maker, keeper, King of the universe, who sees the sparrows who named every single star in every single galaxy, because he had such rich and overflowing mercy, because of his unfathomable love, he loved us! Not when we had shapened up our lives, but when we were still dead, saturated in sin, helpless to make ourselves better. He took the filthy, rotting creatures we were and make us living, moving, breathing, alive in Christ who is his perfect son.
It is by grace! And only by his amazing grace that we have been rescued. he raised us up with him and seated us in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. So that from now on, from age to age, and to all eternity, he might show us the immeasurable riches of his grace and kindness toward us, in Christ Jesus.
And know for certain, it is only by grace that you are saved and cleansed and justified, grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And this, it was not, could not, could not ever be because of something you did, an effort you made, or a thought that would make God favor you. Rather, it is completely given freely. If it came from a work or good dead, then we would have cause to boast! But it is a free gift that we received, so we cannot boast in ourselves, for the glory is only God’s.
We, who were dead and made alive, are the workmanship of God, created as new creatures in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared for us, and as a result of our rescue, we can walk in those good works. Only then will our efforts be used, our work be profitable, and our lives bear fruit.