I think it is easy to look at who we are today and forget who we were. Paul reminds the Ephesian church of what we once were before we came to Christ — dead. Plain and simple. Obviously we were alive physically, but spiritually we had nothing to offer and were decayed on the inside.
But Jesus made us alive! Never forget that Jesus is the reason you have life and a renewed mind so you can share the graciousness, love, mercy, and compassion that Jesus showed you when you were dead in your trespasses and sins.
Resting in Him,
Pastor Sean Boehm