Read Ephesians 2:1-7

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)

Each of us was dead (absolutely, completely, for sure dead) in our sins; we deny or excuse that to our peril. But God loved us so much that he not only forgave us through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, but also gave us new life in Christ, so that the life we now live is to the praise of his glory.