“BUT GOD…” (Eph. 2:4)!
The very heart of the Gospel is expressed in these glorious words, “BUT GOD…”! Though mankind is spiritually dead and hopeless in sin (Eph. 2:1-3), God has powerfully acted in Christ to bring about the salvation that only He could accomplish (Eph. 2:4-10). “BUT GOD…” really summarizes the whole message of Scripture, played out from Genesis to Revelation. Over and over again, God’s word reveals:
- All the deadly works of man in sin, and
- All the mighty works of God in Christ!
Oh Beloved, what hope, riches, power, and assurance for believers are found in these truths! “BUT GOD”!! The God who is rich in mercy and great in love has flooded us with His kindness in Christ – to the praise of His glorious grace! And God wills for us to know and believe these truths all the more, daily trusting the absolute sufficiency of His mighty, saving power.
To that end, let me encourage you to listen to this sermon on Eph. 2:4 by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (a faithful Bible expositor from the 20th Century). May God continue to strengthen your soul in the fullness of His grace in Christ!
Because Christ lives, and is returning,