Once I was dead because of my disobedience and my many sins. I used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. I used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of my sinful nature. By my very nature I was subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. Ephesians 2:1-3
To me these are two of the most important words in the Bible. If I insert “I” into the verses, the seriousness of my position becomes very clear. I was dead in disobedience, lost in sin and darkness, subject because of my sinful nature to God’s wrath. But God is the beginning of the promises that cancels the death sentence on my life.
Who is so rich in mercy, loved me so much, that even though I was dead because of my sins, He gave me life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that I have been saved!) Ephesians 2:4-5
And not just me, but all of us. For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7
God’s intervention into a world in darkness for those like you and me, lost in sin, even though we do not deserve it.
He saved us by His grace when we believed Ephesians 2:8
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
This is our hope and the hope we should have for all that are still in darkness.