5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
God’s love (v. 4) did three things for the believer and did them while we were spiritually dead:
“Made us alive together with Christ,” v. 5
“Raised us up together,” v.6
“Made us sit together,” v. 6
5 even when we were dead in trespasses,
By the same power with which God raised Jesus from the dead (1:19-20), He raised the believer to a new status. He did this “even” at the point when we were degenerate, at the very time when we were dead spiritually or unregenerate. We can do nothing to save our souls. We cannot give birth to ourselves spiritually.
Non-Christians are dead spiritually toward God (v.1). They are hopelessly, helplessly dead. God’s act of love (v.4) toward us occurred when we were “dead in trespasses,” while we were dead to God. God did not do what He did when we were saints but when we were absorbed in sin, the very thing that God loathes. Notwithstanding who we were, God did what He was.
Non-Christians have no capacity whereby they can be right with God.
Living in the sphere of our trespasses as unbelievers, we were inert toward God like a corpse in the morgue. The dead body of a human smells worse than animals, worse than a dog. Non-Christians smell like a dead corpse to God. We need to get a clear picture of how God views the lost. He loves them but they still smell because they have not been cleansed by the blood of Christ. Sin is a serious thing to God.