But because of his great love for us,
God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ
even when we were dead in transgressions
it is by grace you have been saved.
We were dead, and the only reason why we are not still dead is because of God. And it isn't because of us, it is because of His great love, because of His mercy, because of His grace. We were dead, but He has made us alive.