“But” can be a beautiful word. Paul details how the Ephesians, and by implication everyone is completely powerless to overcome sin’s power and are thus subject to God’s righteous wrath against wickedness. This is very bad news. Then Paul uses that word, “but” (Ephesians 2:4). This conjunction is followed by an even better explanation “because of God’s great love for us.” Every other good declaration that Paul makes in Ephesians 1 gets reiterated as an expression of God’s great loves for us while still more blessings are explained. For example: even while we were dead in sins, we have now been made alive and are seated with Christ. We are currently spoken of as “saved” in the past tense (Ephesians 2:8). Add to this that we are God’s “handiwork” through which our Lord intends to do good in this world (Ephesians 2:10). Thank goodness for this “but” that shows perfectly how God transitions us from the pit of former misery to the heights of heaven where our blessed Savior dwells. For where our Lord is, because we are found “in Christ”, Paul speaks as if we are found there already even while still physically here on earth (Ephesians 2:6). This demonstrates once again, without God’s love, we are nothing, BUT with God’s love no good thing is withheld from those who receive our Lord’s love in faith.