Today, as I was driving to pick up my daughter from a slumber party, I began thinking about a song I remember singing a long time ago in the choir of our former church. The song was called But God. Then, probably because I really like English and grammar, I started thinking about the word “but.” This little word, “but” is called a conjunction. Conjunctions are used primarily to join words, phrases, clauses and sentences. The conjunction but is used to show opposite or conflicting ideas. I know some Scriptures that illustrate this very well.
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 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:
Eph 2:3 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.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Verses 1-3 could have described my life. I was dead in trespasses and sins, a child of disobedience and living according to the desires of my wayward nature, but God! When God intervened in my life, when I repented, was baptized, filled with His Spirit and experienced His amazing love, everything changed, and the life I now live is totally opposite from what it used to be!
1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
I was unrighteous, falling among this list of sins. However, when the devil tries to remind me of my past, I can say, “Yes, I was, but I’ve been washed, sanctified and justified in Jesus! I was lost and on the path to destruction but God changed my life, and He is still changing lives.
If it’s the road of bondage and sin that you trod,
don’t give up, so did I, but God!