The Basis For Our Salvation

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):

  1. Justified - As someone has stated, “Just as if we had never sinned.” When we received Christ we were given the standing as just and brought into His favor.
  2. Made heirs - This is not just a future hope but a present reality. Eternal life is not just something that awaits the day of the Lord’s return but we are in experiential realization of eternal life the day we are saved.


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.

Titus 3:4-7 (English Standard Version)

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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