In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. 1
References for Ephesians 2:1
At that time you followed the world's evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God.
Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God's anger.
But God's mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great,
that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God's grace that you have been saved.
In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world.
He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.