“For we were once ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another; but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by His grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.” Titus 3: 3-7
To me, this is one of the great masterpieces of Paul’s writing. When we read through his reasoning and grasp his conclusion, it is little wonder he can cry out, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 In Ephesians he tells us, “in Him we have redemption through His blood, and forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.” Ephesians 1: 7
Notice the usage of the word riches. In Titus the Holy Spirit is poured out on us richly, and in Ephesians forgiveness of our sins is forgiven richly by His grace that is lavished on us. Never let anyone try to convince you that the grace of God that is poured on you lavishly through the grace and mercy of God is not all sufficient for your salvation. Paul makes this clear when writing to Titus that salvation does not come through deeds done in our own righteousness, but instead, when the “goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us.” It is the virtue of the mercy of God that washes us clean of sin. In Hebrews, Paul calls this ”the purification for sins”. Hebrews 1:2
God is not our enemy. He isn’t out to get us and do everything in His power to keep us out of heaven, instead He gave His Son that we could become heirs in the hope of eternal life. If you haven’t read my last post, please read it and you will get a sense of the absolute hatred Paul had for Christianity before his conversion. Now, every word of his writings drip with the joy of knowing he is saved, not of works but through the kindness and mercy of God.
Hebrews reminds us, “then He adds, I will remember their sins and their misdeeds no more.” 10:17 Elsewhere in Scripture we are told our sins are cast into the deepest part of the sea, and they are removed from us as far as the east is from the west. Our past sins don’t define us; the grace of God does. This post starts out by quoting Paul telling the Galatians how wretched they were before the grace of God entered their lives. In Christ we are no longer those people, we are renewed in the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Our past sins are not held against us, they are forgotten and forgiven.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we have the assurance of eternal life and nothing can take that away from us except our own indifference. It is no wonder the writer of Hebrews can say, “therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10: 19-22 Anyone who has put their honest trust in Christ has access to the Father through Jesus and we can be confident of His love and acceptance. We are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience, and purified of our sins through the kindness and goodness of God.
No matter how much junk life throws at you, just remember you are loved and have the assurance of eternal life through the kindness of God. You are heirs to the Kingdom and do not walk alone on life’s journey. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit walk every mile by your side.