Titus: Saved by God’s Mercy.  

4 “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,” (Titus 3:4-5 ESV).

Today’s text is a stark contrast to the condition of fallen sinners described in Titus 3:3: For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.”

The Apostle Paul explained to Titus that while our sins are sufficient to condemn us, our works of righteousness are not sufficient to save us from God’s judgment. Salvation from sin’s penalty, power and eventual presence is based upon God’s sovereign grace alone, through God given faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone. It is not based on human effort.

The appearance of God our Savior’s goodness and loving kindness was to save sinners. God has personally saved us. To save (σῴζω; sozo) means to deliver, rescue and heal. At a particular point in time, As is the case with every believer in Christ, God saved me from the penalty of sin, is saving me from the power of sin, and will eventually save me from the very presence of sin.

This salvation is not based upon “any” works of righteousness sinners could ever hope to accomplish. The Prophet Isaiah said, “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away,” (Isaiah 64:6 ESV).  

“Salvation has never been by deeds, or works (Eph. 2:8–9; cf. Rom. 3:19–28) but according to his own mercy. Cf. Eph. 2:41 Tim. 1:131 Pet. 1:3; 2:10 explains Dr. John MacArthur.

Salvation from and of God is solely based upon His mercy. Mercy (ἔλεος; eleos) refers to God’s compassion and kindness in not giving sinners what we deserve; judgment and damnation. Salvation, in all aspects, is by grace alone, through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Tim. 1:9).

“Paul’s exposition of the key elements of the gospel in Titus 3:3–8 is the theological foundation for why we should do good to all people, even those who are not particularly likeable (vv. 1–2). Just as our Creator manifested His grace in Christ while we were raising our fists in protest against His righteous rule (vv. 3–4), so too must we not wait for others to favor us before we serve them,” states Dr. R. C. Sproul.

May each of us God has saved take time today to praise Him for this wonderful gift of mercy. May each of us evidence this mercy to others. Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Soli deo Gloria!

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