"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" Ephesians 2:4-5
What a wonderful truth!
Now these two little words may not at first glance seem like much. But, I think once you take a closer look you will see things differently. You see the word "but" is a co-ordinating conjunction, which is used to join individual words, phrases, and independent clauses. Thankfully with grammar rules only a click away, I do not have to try to explain in my own words, if I did, I think I would have to bust out in song, singing the Schoolhouse Rock "Conjunction junction, what's your function?" You don't want to hear me sing...so I copied these explanations from a reliable grammar website. you are welcome;)
- To suggest a contrast that is unexpected in light of the first clause:
- To suggest in an affirmative sense what the first part of the sentence implied in a negative way
- To connect two ideas with the meaning of "with the exception of" (and then the second word takes over as subject)