And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins… (Eph 2:2)
When a man is on death row, the other prisoners will say that he's a "dead man walking." The inmate is still alive, but he's under a death sentence.
That term perfectly describes the person without Christ: They may be alive, but they're walking around with a death sentence hang in over their head.
Every day as you go to work, or walk through the mall, or eat at a restaurant, you're surrounded by spiritual zombies. People that technically are alive, but they're without Christ. They have a death sentence hanging over them. It's terrible scenario, and it's not something that God wants to overlook, as we see in verse 4:
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:4-7)
I love that phrase, "but God!" because it describes God who is full of love and mercy who offers us a solution to our spiritual dead state; He sent Christ, who brought us life through the gospel of the cross. Not only does Christ give us life, eternal life, but He brings us together sit with Him in the heavenly places, showering us with love and grace.
Once I was blind, now I see; Once I was lost, now I am found; Once I was dead, now I live!
"Lord, thank you for finding me, saving me, and thank you for giving life to my dead soul."