“We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!” (Ephesians 2:3–5 HCSB)

I love this passage.  Paul paints a bleak picture of our life before Christ in Eph 2.1-4.  We were dead in our trespasses and sins (vs. 1); we were children of wrath (vs. 3); we were firmly enslaved to our desires and our flesh (vs. 3).

“But God…”

Paul links our time before coming to faith with our time after coming to faith by these two little words which are so important.  We were lost.  We were children of wrath.  We deserved punishment for sins.  We were in a hopeless situation.  “But God.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones did a whole sermon on these two words and it is fantastic!  Take the time to listen to it.