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Ephesians 2:1


1 And [kai] you [humas] hath he quickened, who were [on] dead [nekros] in trespasses [paraptoma] and [kai] sins; [hamartia] KJV-Interlinear


1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, NASB


Quickened, means to make alive, or made to live, or made to be alive.

Who were dead, 'nekros,' means to be separated from something. Death is a separation from life, and in this case, death is a separation from spiritual life.

There are several types of death which are addressed by the Bible.
There is physical death, which we think of most of the time, when the soul leaves the body.
There is spiritual death, as in the case of unbelievers, wherein we are separated from all association with God.
There is carnal death, mostly for believers who commit sins and are separated from fellowship with God.
There is sexual death, wherein the sexual apparatus ceases to function. Usually in old age, but this can occur at any age for a variety of reasons.

The subject here is spiritual death, but death follows the attributes that are associated with physical death.

When we are born into this world, we are born physically alive, but spiritually dead. We are unbelievers from the very first breath of our life.

But just as in the world of the physically dead, wherein the corpse cannot see, hear, think, smell, respond, react, touch, speak, taste, and so forth, so too, the spiritually dead person lacks these attributes with respect to the spiritual life.

The unbeliever cannot gain access to the spiritual realm in any way, cannot detect it, cannot measure it, cannot discover it on his own, cannot get there on his own.

In the case of the gospel, the Holy Spirit intercedes so that the unbeliever can make a choice for life or a continuation of their death state.

Dead in trespasses and sin defines the state of the unbeliever. This is not addressing the believers state.

God, or rather Christ, of whom this subject continues for the previous chapter, makes us alive through the mechanics of salvation.

In the previous chapter, the concept of power, is addressed, wherein God uses power in many different ways in order to bring His plan together.

Here is but one aspect of the use of that power. God brings life into that which is dead. God creates a new opportunity for those who have no opportunity.

You cannot do this on your own. You cannot work for your salvation. You cannot earn your salvation. You cannot deserve your salvation. You cannot cause or bring about your own salvation. You can do nothing to save yourself. Only God can accomplish that. You can only believe and God does the rest.

Apart from salvation, you are totally depraved, and from this concept of total depravity, human works and effort are rejected and excluded from Gods plan. Without God, Gods plan, Christ, the Cross and faith, you have nothing, you are nothing.

You begin this life as a speck of dust, biological mush. Into that dust God imputes human life, which He alone creates, not you, not your momma or daddy. And the essence of life which likewise cannot be measured, removed, or have anything done with it, is nothing, but an essence placed into dust.

God in his great sense of humor, can make the very beautiful and the ugly, the very talented and the untalented, the very gifted and the ungifted, and so forth, out of mere dust, and bring it all to physical life.

But physical life, physical talent, physical beauty and such are not enough. They all fade into corruption following physical death unless there is another life obtained from God. And that life comes only from God, and only through faith, and only because of the work of Christ on the Cross who was first raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and is currently seated at Gods right hand, the highest place of honor in existence.

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