Here’s a wonderful word of encouragement in seeing the effect of one small three letter word can have on your understanding of the Scriptures from Aaron Armstrong.
What are three of the most amazing letters in the entire Bible?
Words have power (a shocking revelation, I know). With just a word, we can give life to a hurting friend, or crush their spirit. With only a word, we can change someone’s entire outlook on the world.
What’s funny is, sometimes you do this with the most seemingly insignificant word.
You know what word in the Bible does this?
It’s not one that a lot of people really think about, because it’s an easy word to overlook. “But,” as a conjugation, connects opposing ideas, or coordinates elements. These three letters that are packed with power.
The “buts” of Scripture are life-changing. Consider just a few examples:
And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness…
…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
…we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God…
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following m the prince of the power of the air… 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…
Do you see the power in these amazing letters? If they weren’t in the Bible, we would not only not see God’s grace in these passages—we would not see God’s grace at all!
We cannot love God on our own… but He loved us and died for us so that we can!
We were condemned, dead in our sins… but God, in His mercy and grace, made us alive!
Without the intervention of God, we’d be left stranded on our own, lost in our sins. “But” shows God’s intervention on our behalf.
Don’t overlook the seemingly insignificant words of Scripture. They have more power than you might think.