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Ephesians 2:1-10 – But God

Ephesians 2:1-10

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Verse 1 begins with “And You.” Who is he talking to? The Gentiles. Then he says in verse 3a, “all of us” and then “like the rest of mankind…” (3b). Paul covers everyone with these phrases. Paul is not about to describe some degrading segment of society, or some cannibalistic tribe somewhere. He’s talking about everyone. This is the biblical diagnosis of our sinful nature. Paul draws our attention to the depth of depravity, in order to magnify the mercy and grace of God in saving us; like a black back drop to a diamond, and he does so with two of the sweetest words in the Bible… “But God.” This is our biography. God’s gracious initiative and sovereign action stands in wonderful contrast to verses 1-3.