But God [Ephesians 2:1-10]

November 03, 2015 | Chris Payne

Reading the first few verses of Ephesians 2 is like being punched in the face.

In fact, the first 3 verses read like a modern day rap sheet.

It’s bad. Really bad.

Ephesians 2:1-3: 

1. You were dead. v. 1
2. You were in rebellion against God. v. 2
3. You were by your very nature a child of wrath. v. 3 

Ouch. The bad news is bad. In fact, it’s worse than you thought.

And just when things look the worst for us, Paul utters the greatest short phrase in the history of human speech:

“But God…” Ephesians 2:4a 

Our relationship with God and with one another hinge on these 2 words. The course of human history pivots on these 2 words because when we were at our worst, God was at His best. In fact, the One who knows you best loves you most. That’s some crazy love.

The good news is better than we ever imagined!

Ephesians 2:4-7:

1. God loves you so much. vs. 4-5
2. God raised you up just like He raised Jesus. v. 6
3. God wants to show you how much He loves you for eternity. vs. 6-7 

The bad news and the good news actually lead me to the Gospel of Jesus.

If I only know the bad news, I live condemned.
If I only know the good news, I live conceited.
When I know the bad and the good, I live as Christ.

Paul brings it all together in Ephesians 2:8-10. The bad and the good lead me to the Gospel.

“You are saved by grace through faith, and this is not of your own doing, it is the gift of God.” v. 8

Take a look at this amazing passage this week. (Podcast available here.)

The bad news is worse than you thought, but the good news is better than you can imagine! 



Our relationship with God and with one another hinges on these two words. "But God..." #beunited

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