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“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses”


“being dead in your trespasses”

This is “dead” spiritually, not physically. Before we received forgiveness in Christ, we were dead to God by our violation of his standards. That is the predicament of the lost. It is the past of the child of God. Instead of being dead to God, he is alive to God. Instead of being dead in trespasses, the Christian is dead to sin. This is the violation of God in the act.

The word “being” indicates our status quo of death. As a non-Christian, we were in the status quo of death. Unbelievers are outside the eternal plan of God for salvation.

Death means separation, not annihilation. Before we came to know Christ, we were cut off from God (John 5:24,25; 2 Cor. 5:14,15; Rom. 6:13). Those in sin are dead in sin. As death deteriorates, the body, so sin corrupts the soul. As a dead man cannot help himself, so a man dead in sin is unable to help himself. He is dead to God, so he cannot pray. They have no capacity for knowing God (1 Cor. 2:14). They have nothing with which to know God.

A “trespass” is the crossing or violation of a standard.

“and the uncircumcision of your flesh”

Our nature was “uncircumcised,” that is, separated from God.

This describes our state of being before we came to know Christ. We were dead in our state to God. The corrupt moral condition in which the desires of the sin capacity still operate in the believer. This is the violation of God in principle.

The term “uncircumcised” refers to both male and female. All human beings have fallen sin capacities.


Every Christian has a factory that produces sin–the sin capacity.


The Christian cannot live the Christian life by operation bootstraps. The sin capacity undermines our ability to live before God. That is why we must go to the cross and depend upon Christ to live the Christian way of life.