“But God”

Are there any two words more precious than these we find in Ephesians 2? We were dead, without hope, and blind, “following the prince of the power of the air” Ephesians 2:2 ESV. We were utterly lost and had no way to better our condition. If it had not been for God’s work in our lives, we would all have been condemned to hell for eternity. But in His mercy, God came to us in our helplessness and made us alive. This is the gospel—the good news of our salvation.

I’m talking, of course, to those who have trusted Jesus to save them from their sin. If this is not true of you, let me plead with you to consider the consequences of dying in your sin. You are not guaranteed tomorrow, but what you are guaranteed is that one day you will die. The Bible tells that the only way to be saved from eternal judgment is to “confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead” Romans 10:9-10 ESV. This also is the gospel.

Stand strong,

Captain Phillip Vanderford

ALERT Battalion Commanding Officer