But God…

The next time I preach yesterday’s message text I will use the following outline:


2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2  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— 3 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.

Ephesians 2:1-3


4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4-7


8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10

Then, I will conclude the message with the following illustration from C. J. Mahaney’s book, The Cross-Centered Life (pp. 19 – 20).  Mahaney received the following email from a woman in his church after preaching about man’s condition and God’s salvation:

…I was learning about the sin in my heart and the motives at the root…I vividly remember driving down the road one day, and God opening my eyes to see that I’m a wretched sinner to the very core of my being.  In that second I thought, “What am I to do?!”  Instantly I was clearly aware that this is why Jesus Christ came and died on the cross—for me….I laughed out loud, and said, “My God, only You could show me what a wretched sinner I am and make it the greatest news I’ve ever heard!” The truth of Jesus’ sacrifice became more real to me than ever before.

Don’t ever forget the Gospel message in two words:  BUT GOD!


3 Responses to “But God…”

  1. 3 crazyro
    April 16, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Not only “But God…” but also “But now…” This entry reminded me of Romans 3:21-24 “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Reading Romans 1-3:20 one gets depressed. Our depravity and sin are incredible. But when you get to 3:21, hold on to your hat, cause it gets awesome!

    And, as Dana said, I agree: AMEN to that!

    (P.S. Why is it that we quote Romans 3:23 and seldom, if ever, quote Romans 3:24?)

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