When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
When you were dead, He made you alive!
We were made by God as spiritual beings. Our spirit enables us to have a spiritual connection to God’s Spirit, through whom we experience the life of God flowing through us. But because of our sin and fallenness, that connection is broken. So we are left spiritually dead.
Still, at some point in your life, the Holy Spirit began stirring in your heart an awareness of God and His presence in the lives of some people around you. You came to desire a good relationship with Him.
But even that awareness and desire would not have been enough to bring you to God if Jesus had not “forgiven us all our transgressions.” All the ways that we have broken God’s laws stand against us, accusing us; they are “hostile to us”.
But Jesus “has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” It is a gift that we can never pay for, but can always show gratitude and love for. Take time to thank Him now.