December 19: Titus 1-3
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. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 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, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:3-7, ESV
Heirs of God
As we read through the letters Paul wrote we note, again, that in Titus Paul clearly explains the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Three things are noted in the verses shown above. Left to ourselves we are filled with all manner of sin. Though there is nothing in us to deserve Christ, He, out of his own goodness and loving kindness saved a people for Himself. Those saved by Christ are justified by God's grace, making them heirs of God.
Our hearts are so filled with pride and our own righteousness, that we must be reminded again and again that there is nothing good in our hearts that would cause God to desire us over another. Verse 3 describes every person apart from the Lord!
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.
All Christians are saved by the washing and regeneration of the Spirit through the blood of Christ. Nothing in them has any merit before God, yet He chooses by His own mercy to save them.
What an amazing God we have!
The salvation granted to Christians by God is perfect and complete. Christians are heirs of God, and have the hope and promise of eternal life with God for all eternity.
Heirs of God! Think of it! How can that be?
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind, but now I see
When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise,
than when we first begun.
God Bless You,