"Grace" is a marvelous word; an amazing concept. This is especially true as it relates to God. Though difficult to define, it is gloriously demonstrated by the stedfast love and eternal favor He has shown toward unlovely, corrupt, sinful & godless men. The marvel of its bestowment is equaled by the wonder of its wealth. When sin has reached the high-water mark GRACE overflows to meet the need of all who put their trust in Jesus.
By nature all men are DEAD -- in trespasses and sins. Not "sick", but "dead"! Sin numbs, paralyzes and slays one's spiritual senses. Nor does this suggest death "with Christ"; it, rather, involves separation FROM Him -- because of sin, (Eph. 1:1-3; 4:17-18; John 5:24-25; comp. Luke 15:24).
In times past all men walked after the pattern of the world-system that harnesses every possible godless standard and scheme in its warfare against the true and living God, (I John 2:15-17). We live in an EVIL age, (Gal. 1:4). Though we who are saved are still "in" it, we actually belong to a "new age" -- the power of which is to be manifested in our daily lives, (Rom. 14:l7-l8).