Jon Roberts
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He Saved Us!!
Titus 3:1-8
God's kindness, goodness, love, grace and mercy moved Him to save us.
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Published May 23rd, 2016
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"He saved us" Crystal clear, right? It should be. But our minds cannot deal with that concept. We have to try and add our effort, worth, value or works into the equation. We all believe that God is a god of grace and mercy, but when we interact with Him, when we deal with Him in any way we approach Him as if we must earn it. We try and strike deals with Him, saying "God, if you do....I will do....", "I promise I will follow the rules better next time if...." or "I am pretty amazing that's why He loves me." This same person when nailed down will say we are saved by grace through faith, but their lived out theology is one of works, value and effort, instead of the grace and mercy of God our savior. The Apostle Paul gets this through the Holy Spirit's inspiration. In this passage he makes it abundantly clear that God is the driver in our salvation we are simply passengers. He starts with our previous condition ( vs. 3 ), could there be a list more disastrous than that? Foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves, hating ourselves and others; what a list! This should be enough to show us how undeserving we are. But aren't there others worse than us? You bet. But Paul's focus is on the one who is better than us by far. In the next verse (vs. 4) he lays out how his kindness, goodness and love lead Him to save us. Paul does not stop there. In the next to verses (vs 5-6) he makes it clear that it is God's mercy (not getting what we deserve) and God's grace (getting something we don't deserve) that is the motivating factor in Him choosing us, Him saving us. When we begin seeing our sin as something that cannot be rooted out of our life, when we think we have to barter with God for his affections, when we feel like there are sins that are okay, we can just repent later; we miss the point of this passage. He loved us, because He is love. He gave us good gifts because He is the God of good gifts. When we see Him rightly it is us doing our one teeny, tiny part of this whole exchange, it is dying to ourselves and getting out of the way of His regeneration and renewal (vs. 5) that He so richly poured out on us in Christ Jesus (vs. 6). Why? Because He is good, kind and loving!! HE SAVED US!!!
Titus 3:1-8
Remind them (Christians in Titus' church, elders still?)
to be submissive
Content #1
to rulers
and authorities,
to be obedient,
Content #2
to be ready
Content #3
for every good work,
to speak evil
Content #4
of no one,
to avoid quarreling,
Content #5
to be gentle,
Content #6
and to show perfect courtesy
Content #7
toward all people.
For we (Paul and Titus) ... were once foolish,
led astray,
to various passions
and pleasures,
passing our days
in malice
and envy,
hated by others
and hating one another.
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
Manner #1
of regeneration
and renewal
Manner #2
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.
The saying is trustworthy,
and I (Paul) want you (Titus) to insist on these things,
so that those
in God
who have believed ... may be careful
to devote themselves
to good works.
These things are excellent
and profitable
for people.
This looks to me like a list, but at the same time not. I struggled with the layout here.
I looked this up in other translations and some add "saved us" before by so they clearly believe that the washing and renewal attach to "he saved us". I agree.
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