Main point summary
There was no life in your sinfulness and you were destined for eternal damnation, but God brought you back to life, gave you the righteousness of Christ, and promises you an inheritance to his throne through Christ's work on the cross not so that you might boast in your own worthiness, for you have none, but to reveal his immeasurable and incomparable love, kindness, and grace. To God be all glory, honour, and praise forever and ever. Amen.
j And you were k dead in the trespasses and sins l in which you once walked,
You remained in a state of spiritual death by pursuing sin in vain, darkness, condemnation and faithlessness
following the course of this world,
HOW? WELL, 1) you followed the foolishness of the world (they love the darkness),
following m the prince of the power of the air,
AND 2) you gave into the lies of the devil (he says to only trust in yourself!)
the spirit that is now at work in n the sons of disobedience—
IN OTHER WORDS, you possessed the worldly and satanic desires that consume those who only seek earthly, non-eternity-granting comforts
among whom we all once lived in o the passions of our flesh,
We were all like this - wanting to follow the world, wanting to follow the devil, wanting to live only for ourselves
carrying out the desires of the body 1 and the mind,
BY ONLY DOING what our carnal bodies and minds wanted
and p were by nature q children of wrath,
RESULTING IN the promise of condemnation under God's unrelenting wrath
like the rest of mankind. 2
EXACTLY LIKE how the rest of the unsaved world walked.
But 1 God,
DESPITE ALL OF THIS, God
being r rich in mercy,
WHO IS infinitely merciful to us
s because of the great love with which he loved us,
AND BECAUSE he loves us
even t when we were dead in our trespasses,
DESPITE our nothingness (!) and our willingness and inclination to walk according to our sinful desires
u made us alive together with Christ—
THEREFORE, brought us up and out of death through the atonement of Jesus
v by grace you have been saved—
HOW HAS HE SAVED US? BY GIVING us grace!
and raised us up with him
FURTHERMORE, he reestablished our holy identity in Christ
and w seated us with him
AND FURTHERMORE, eestablished our kingly/ priestly status in Christ
in the heavenly places
IN heaven and among the people and creatures of heaven
in Christ Jesus,
so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable x riches of his grace in y kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
IN ORDER THAT he, in and through Christ, might be glorified and vindicated and shown to be the author, perfecter, preserver, finisher of our faith!
For z by grace you have been saved
BECAUSE you have been saved completely by God's grace
a through faith.
BY the faith he has given you in Christ
And this is b not your own doing;
IN OTHER WORDS, you are in no way responsible for your salvation
c it is the gift of God,
BECAUSE God has given it to you
d not a result of works,
THEREFORE, you didn't earn or merit your salvation
e so that no one may boast.
IN ORDER THAT you would place your worship in someone other than yourself
For f we are his workmanship,
IN OTHER WORDS, you are not the result of your own doing, but of God's
g created in Christ Jesus
THROUGH the merit, righteousness and atoning work of Christ
h for good works,
IN ORDER THAT you would do works of life (not death)/of good (not evil)
i which God prepared beforehand,
AND God planned to save you, this way, through Christ's blood and righteousness, BEFORE you were formed
j that we should walk in them.
IN ORDER THAT we might do what God purposed us to do, namely, good works