One of my Pastor friends was giving an invitation one Sunday Morning when a 5 year old boy came down. Well, he did not know if he was old enough to understand salvation, so, He took him back to his office to ask him some theological questions. The more he questioned the lad the m … More
Paul reminds us over and over again that the riches of salvation originate with God and not with men (v. 4). By nature man is so self-centered and self-reliant that he finds it difficult to believe that his own efforts and achievements, no matter how praiseworthy, can never save his soul. What we are as a Christian is no reason for self-exaltation, for the change is due entirely to God’s salvation which is freely given to us (v. 5).
The basis for our salvation is stated both negatively and positively in these verses. Negatively, we were saved "not by works of righteousness which we have done” but positively “according to His mercy” (v.5). The “we” is emphatic when it says “we” did no works which merited God’s salvation. On the other hand, the “His” makes it emphatic that it is all because of “His” mercy that we can be saved. God sent Jesus Christ our Savior to give us his Spirit (v. 6).
Two results of our salvation are given and both of these denote our relationship to Christ (v. 7):
When was the last time I thanked the Lord for my salvation and told Him that I loved Him? It is so easy to tell others all about Him but neglect to show my appreciation and love to Him.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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Titus 1:1-5Paul Gives His Purpose For Living
Titus 1:6-9Qualifications Of a Christian Leader
Titus 1:10-11Don’t Pretend to Be Something You Are Not
Titus 1:12-14False Doctrine Will Spread Rapidly
Titus 1:15-15Nothing is Pure For an Unbeliever
Titus 1:16-16Profession Does Not Mean Possession
Titus 2:1-2Salvation Must be Built on Sound Doctrine
Titus 2:3-5Instructions For Women
Titus 2:6-8Young Men Are to Be Good Examples
Titus 2:9-10Common Sins of Christian Employees
Titus 2:11-12Only by God’s Grace Can we Live The Christian Life
Titus 2:13-13Are You Anticipating The Lord’s Return?
Titus 2:14-15Made a New Creation in Christ Jesus
Titus 3:1-3Doing Helpful Things
Titus 3:4-7The Basis For Our Salvation
Titus 3:8-8How to Show That You Are a Christian
Titus 3:9-9Stop Fighting Other Christians
Titus 3:10-11How to Treat a Divisive Person
Titus 3:12-13God Has The Right Person at The Right Time
Titus 3:14-15How to be Productive For The Lord