Monday, March 1, 2010

those are some big buts

what is the most important word in the bible?

i would argue that pretty high on the list would be the word “but”.  rc sproul would probably agree: for years he had a pillow in his office with the word “but” embroidered on it.

how so?

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 [Ephesians 2:1-5]

for we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us.  [titus 3:3-5]

"none is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
all have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one."
"their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive."
"the venom of asps is under their lips."
"their mouth is full of curses and bitterness."
"their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known."
"there is no fear of God before their eyes."

...But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. [romans 3:10-18, 21]

we are by nature enemies of God.  BUT…
we were disobedient.  BUT…
we hated God.  BUT…
we cant earn his love.  BUT…

…BUT he is rich in mercy.
…BUT God is righteous.
…BUT God is lovingly kind.
…BUT God chose to love us.

that’s the best news I’ve ever heard.

what are some other important and easily overlooked words in the bible?


  1. I remember reading that 'money' is either the second most common word in the Bible or the second most common word spoken by Jesus. Maybe THAT'S what the Bible is really about. (I'm kidding, of course. But not about the first part, although I don't know if it's true.)

  2. Oh, and the title of this post made me laugh out loud.