“You He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Ephesians 2:1. The apostle Paul was not mistaken when he said that the Ephesian believers were at one point dead – spiritually dead. They were dead in the sense that they were separated from God, enslaved to sin (Eph. 2:5), and condemned under the wrath of God. What a state of hopelessness! Yet God in His goodness acted to reverse this condition for them and for us. The living God “who give life to the dead” (Rom. 4:17) poured out His rich mercy and great love by sending His Son Jesus to this earth. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we are made alive (Eph. 2:4-5). When we believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we go from death to life. Now we live to rejoice in His goodness!