You once were dead in trespasses and sins. You moved as a living carcass with a lifeless soul. Your every step was hellward. Your every moment hurried you towards endless woe.
Your life was ignorance, rebellion, slavery, disgrace.
But now the darkness is dispersed, and true light shines. You see the cross! You stand in a new world of spiritual delight. You are a new creation of thought, affection, hope, desire. You live for God; to God; with God; in God.
But whence the change? Did it result your own resolve? Did rolling years beget this wisdom? Oh, no!
You owe the whole to sovereign grace!
God, of His own free will, looked down with favor on your ruined soul. His grace gave you, as a jewel, to His Son; and gave His Son to be your uttermost salvation!