One cannot truly appreciate the Good News of Jesus Christ until first knowing the bad news! In the first half of our passage today-Ephesians 2:1-3-Paul reminds his readers of who they were before Christ and what they've been rescued from. Our passage takes a drastic turn in vs. 4 with the two most important words in Scripture: "But God!" Before trusting in Jesus, we were spiritually dead, BUT GOD! We were in league with the evil one, sons of disobedience, and living according to our sinful desires, BUT GOD! We were children of wrath, BUT GOD! We were totally unable to remedy our spiritual plight, BUT GOD! God, by His grace, has done everything to rescue sinners from death to life, for His glory! What amazing grace!