And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
The epithet implies —
1. Previous life. Death is but the cessation of life. The spirit of life fled from Adam's disobedient heart, and it died, for it was severed from God.
2. It implies insensibility. The dead, which are as insusceptible as their kindred clay, can be neither wooed nor won back to existence. The beauties of holiness do not attract man in his spiritual insensibility, nor do the miseries of hell deter him.
3. It implies inability. The corpse cannot raise itself from the tomb and come back to the scenes and society of the living world. The peal of the last trump alone can start it from its dark and dreamless sleep. Inability characterizes fallen man. And this is not natural but moral inability, such inability as not only is no palliation, but oven forms the very aggravation of his crime. It is inability not of mind but of will. He cannot, simply because he will not, and therefore he is justly responsible.
(J. Eadie, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;