Ephesians 2:1-3 (NKJV)
"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others."
Such then was our past condition. We were without God, without Christ, without hope. We were sinners by birth, by choice, and by practice. Our lot was cast in a world controlled by the evil one, and our eternal destiny was to live forever under God's wrath and curse. But the Holy Spirit does not leave the matter there. Let us continue to read in verse 4.
Ephesians 2:4-7 (NKJV)
"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."
Thank God for that "But"! The buts of the Bible are always arresting; they are hinges on which great issues turn. He is rich in wisdom, rich in majesty and might, rich in glory. And he is rich in mercy! He has poured out the vast treasures of His mercy on us. Blessed be His name.
I am reminded of a well known song by Charles Wesley, "Oh for a thousand tongues"
Oh for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.