You might think the title of this blog, “…But God” to be a bit odd. You might wonder the significance of two seemingly common words. Let me quickly tell you just how significant those two words are.
This past week I spent the majority of my time organizing a large collection of theology books in our new library. These are amazing, one-of-a-kind resources to help pastors, teachers and scholars make sense of God’s Word. There is significant value in these resources, no doubt, but the Gospel is so much simpler than we make it out to be.
In Ephesians 2 Paul tells us that we were all dead in our trespasses and sins. We followed the worlds way, we were disobedient, carrying out the desires of the flesh and were children of wrath. After Paul explains our former state, he says this:
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loves us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” – Ephesians 2:4-5
There are those words…”But God.” In the midst of our deliberate and in-your-face disobedience, God decided to do something. He decided to rescue us, not after we got cleaned up but while we were dead in our trespasses. Those two words encapsulate the entire Gospel. Those two words reveal more about how much our Father loves us than any other. Those two words give us a hope for tomorrow, and eternity, that we would have never had otherwise.
You see, the words “but God” change everything, and suddenly become the center of everything we say, do and believe.
So, the title of this blog, “…But God” speaks to the goodness of our God, that He would, in the midst of our sins, rescue us for a higher purpose. This blog, no matter the topic at hand, centers around, and always will center around this fact.
What a great, great God we serve!