Thursday, September 9, 2010

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared...

I am preaching on Titus 3:3-8 tomorrow morning at Heritage Christian Academy's chapel service. These have to be some of the richest words in all of Scripture. Here's a few thoughts I just jotted down on these verses:

Titus 3:3-8 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. 8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.

-Apart from Christ, we are foolish, rebellious (disobedient), enslaved, deceived (led astray), haters.
-Salvation is necessary because we stand condemned and we cannot save ourselves.
-We have drastically and radically offended God and are helpless to endear ourselves to Him in this state.
-Fallen man could not be in a more desperate situation.
-Salvation doesn’t originate, in any way, with us: It can’t. Slaves are bound and unable to free themselves...Rebels are at war...fools are dead to spiritual things..haters don’t suddenly love on their own.
-Something from outside of us must intervene and save us.
-We are “dead” in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2)- the dead don’t raise themselves.
-Salvation originates with God- “but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared…”
-Kindness/Love/Mercy of God is required.
-God is the source of salvation.
-Not our righteousness…we have none.
-Not based on anything we have done.
-Based on God’s mercy in Christ.
-The proof of His mercy? Sending Christ to pay for our sins.
-The ground is God’s work of mercy in Christ on the cross for us.
-The grounds of our salvation is the work of Christ on the Cross.
- Notice wording: washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ….THROUGH Jesus Christ is always a reference to His Cross Work.
-Christ the mediator on the Cross for you…this is the grounds of our salvation.
-Notice the work of the Trinity in our Salvation- God pours out the Spirit because of Christ’s work.
-God sends His Spirit to regenerate us through Christ’s Work- Salvation is Trinitarian.
- What has caused God to give His Son for us? V. 4- "Loving Kindness" V. 5-“Mercy
-Christ’s death on the cross happened 2000 years ago…how is that applied to me now?
-God sends His Spirit to apply the work of Christ to us.
-Through the washing of rebirth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit.
-Washing/Regeneration/Renewal/Holy Spirit.
-Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration, pictured by water in baptism.
-The Holy Spirit brings life to a dead soul, enlivens us, quickens us, awakens us.
-To make us heirs of God.
-To give us the joy of looking forward to full inheritance- a stance that creates transformed, motivated, compelled, people.
-Such a positive outlook about the sure future causes changed lives, obedience.
-We are “Justified” by Grace”…meaning we are declared not guilty before the judgment seat of God and further, we are accepted by God as His children…by grace. Allowing us to be heirs together with Christ.
-God's grace changes us to heirs, adopted sons and daughters.
-Heirship ultimately reflects the giver- the glory goes to the one who makes heirs, not the heirs themselves.
-Heirs are beneficiaries, but credit is not due to them, rather to the one who gives!
-The saying is “trustworthy” means it works. You can count on it. Grace motivation is the way people change.
-These truths will show their fruit in the lives of the people who are regenerated as described: “so that…may be careful to devote themselves to good works…”
-The Holy Spirit is the One who enables us to live out the grace of God in our lives.
-Good works are not the grounds for salvation but they are the necessary fruit and evidence of true salvation.

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

“But when the goodness and loving kindness… our Savior appeared!” One of the things that has always made me kind of chuckle is the worldly thinking… what if…. and what would Pilate, Caiaphas, King Herod, the Chief Priest and the entire Jewish Council have said and done if Christ had returned and made His resurrected being known to them?
In our flesh, we would have wanted our Lord to shout, “HA HA! SEE, I TOLD YOU, YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY OVER ME, UNLESS IT HAD BEEN GIVEN YOU FROM AQBOVE…. NO ONE CAN TAKE MY LIFE I GIVE IT FREELY!” But instead He choose to give no answer, and no calming words of peace and love were spread to those who accused Him. Instead, HE appeared, reaching out to those who loved Him. With no words of demanding proof, our Savior appeared, and simply told them, “FEAR NOT! And LOW, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS!”