BUT GOD

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Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

The Fall of man through Adam brought great damage to the human race. The Fall effected ALL in a common way and that is what is revealed in verses 1-3. We were spiritually dead (separated from God); walked according to the world controlled by evil spiritual forces; having a lifestyle fulfilling the desires and lusts of the flesh; and a wrong nature within us. That is our common past in Adam.

The Good News is that isn’t the end of the story. BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy and His great love for us, made us spiritually alive in Christ, raised us up to a superior spiritual position, and in our future will show us more of the exceeding riches of His grace in the world to come (God is not through being kind to you). Think about it:
He wipes out our PAST.
Raises us to a superior position in our PRESENT
Gives us a hope filled FUTURE.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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