Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)…
Won by other arms than theirs, it presents the strongest contrast imaginable to the spectacle seen in England's palace on that day when the king demanded of his assembled nobles by what title they held their lands. "What title?" At the rash question a hundred swords, leaped from their scabbards. Advancing on the alarmed monarch, "By these we won, and by these we will keep them!" they replied. How different the scene which heaven presents! All eyes are fixed on Jesus: every look is one of love and gratitude, which are glowing in every bosom, and swelling in every song. Now with golden harps they swell the Saviour's praises; and now descending from their thrones to do Him homage, they cast their crowns in one glittering heap at the feet which were nailed to Calvary's shameful cross.
(T. Guthrie, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)