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But God...

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Jack Wellman, 2013
Our church, the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane, Kansas. We would not be in this church, "but God" granted us His mercy and grace.

Some of the most profound Scriptures in all the Bible are attached to the words, “but God.” These simple two words are game-changers for Christians. Let me show you a few examples and please allow me to emphasize the “but God“ in bold for effect.

In Ephesians 2: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

So we were dead in our sins. More dead than Lazarus’ 4-days-dead. We could no more revive ourselves than a dead man could at a funeral. We had the wrath of God still on us and were DOA but God was rich in mercy and made us alive, just as Jesus made Lazarus alive when He commanded “Lazarus, come forth.” If Jesus had not mentioned Lazarus by name, all the saints who were in their graves would have come forth.

When Joseph was mistreated and sold into slavery, what were Joseph’s words to his betraying brothers?

Genesis 50:20 records, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

God used Joseph’s trial to save a nation (Israel) during a great famine that hit the nations severely as Joseph said, “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance” (Gen 45:7).

Even our evangelizing the lost is dependent upon God Whose sovereignty shows up as it says in 1 Corinthian 3:6-7, “I planted, Apollo’s watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”

As has been said before, it is not our responsibility to save others…it is their response to His ability but it is our responsibility to tell others but God is the One Who grants eternal life.

The next time you read “but God” in the Bible, see what comes before and then what follows. What follows is His infinite mercy. What precedes it is His perfect justice. What changes everything is "but God" and in fact, I would not even be here, neither would I be destined for the Kingdom of Heaven except for those precious words…but God!

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Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believers daily walk with God and the Bible.

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