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Salvation Resulting in Citizenship to the Kingdom

Salvation Resulting in Citizenship to the Kingdom

Titus 3:4-7

  1. God’s Redemptive Plan v. 4
    1. Kindness of God
      1. Whereas he has just listed out the foolish manner of life of being hateful and hating one another, the first word of verse 4 should stop us in our tracks – “But”.
      2. This word, But, should remind us of the passage that was read to us earlier.
        1. Ephesians 2:3-6 “Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
        2. You were once this way, but now God has changed everything.
  • And so Paul describes this redemptive plan of God to save sinners, but he does so in such an incredibly, descriptive and illuminating way.
  1. God, out of his deep love and affection for mankind, sent Jesus to earth because of His kindness.
    1. John 1:29, is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”.
  2. Within just a few phrases, we’ve been given one of the greatest descriptions of God’s redemptive plan as well as Jesus’ purpose. Jesus came as God’s kindness. Jesus came as the Savior. Jesus came as God’s love for mankind.
    1. 1 John 4:9-10, “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
    2. We need to not forget about God’s kindness and love that has been expressed to us through the gift of the life and work of Christ.
    3. May we never forget the joy of the ultimate love and kindness that has been expressed to us through the gift of Christ!
  3. There is no doubt in Paul’s mind of the certainty that Jesus came to earth with a purpose. His testimony is good and true of the certainty of Christ incarnate.
  1. He Saved Us vv. 5-6
    1. Salvation not on Merit
      1. Christ alone saved us.
        1. He saved us from what?
        2. Saved – completed past tense.
      2. Everything in salvation was accomplished by Christ, by His mercy.
        1. Emphasis on God, not man (His rather than we)
        2. God’s mercy rather than our righteousness
      3. The Accomplishment of Salvation
        1. This is how the love, kindness, and mercy of God through Jesus Christ saved us.
          1. Paul’s language is intentional here, and I think he’s echoing what Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3 that in order to be saved, you must be reborn.
          2. First, salvation has the same effect as when a person takes a bath or shower.
            1. If you are washed by salvation, there’s no way you can be the same way that you were before.
            2. Secondly, I think Paul’s also hinting at baptism as well.
          3. So we’re washed by regeneration (reborn), we are renewed (given fresh life), and this is done in full partnership between each member of the Trinity.
  • All of the Trinity is a part of bringing us once foolish unbelievers to repentance and salvation.
    1. This language of the Holy Spirit being richly poured out is not new, but was seen as early as Joel 2:28, when God told Israel, “It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind.”
  1. The Result of an Everlasting Salvation v. 7
    1. Purpose of this Salvation (Made Heirs)
      1. The phrase, “so that”, gives us the purpose, or the result of what has previously been said.
      2. The purpose of salvation is the accomplishment of Christ’s work – His chosen people being “justified by His grace”.
        1. It means that has made you righteous and acceptable before a Holy and Just God.
        2. This grace is another clear indication that we are not justified by anything that we could do.
      3. Hope of Eternal Life
        1. So the second result following Christ’s redeeming work on the cross is that we would become heirs, which leads to an eternal hope.
          1. Heirs – to be a successor, beneficiary, or predecessor. The result of Christ’s salvation is that you and I benefit in ways that we wouldn’t otherwise be given.
            1. Romans 8:16-17, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may be glorified with Him.”
          2. A result of Christ’s redemption is that we will receive the coming kingdom of Christ and reign with Him. We will be glorified with our Savior, and in His glory we will forever rest.
        2. Just as Jesus said to the dying thief on his side, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
      4. Application
        1. Believer, don’t forget your salvation.
        2. Believer, don’t forget that it was God and not you.
  • Believer, don’t forget that Christ has now made you justified (righteous) before a holy God
  1. Believer, don’t forget the eternal hope that is yours and mine in glory with Christ.
  2. So now believer, don’t forget to live each day with the hope and the promise of what we have been given in Christ.
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