so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.Titus 3:7(NASB)
As this epistle to Titus is drawing to a close, Paul is reminding him of the way that Christians should live their lives when we are surrounded by people that are not believers in Christ. He reminded him to be submissive to rulers and authorities and to be ready and willing to be kind and helpful to all who cross his path. He warns Titus to avoid the worldly habits of unkindly actions and deceitful words, but encourages him to live a life that reflects the beauty of Christ's gentleness and the glory of His grace and kindness.
Paul continues to remind Titus that they were both once equally foolish, enslaved by their own various passions and pleasures, and engaging in all the detestable activities that are embroiled within the world system.
Then comes the crescendo to which Paul has been moving, for he reminds Titus that it was only by the grace, kindness, and mercy of God that Christ was sent to save them. Not because of their own good works or righteousness which are considered by God to be filthy rags, but according to His mercy through the washing of regeneration, and being made new and clean and whole by the cleansing Word of the Holy Spirit which has been poured out, by God's grace, to everyone that believes in Christ.
Finally, Paul reaches the climax of this encouraging epistle: "So that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Has this really sunk into our heads? It is because of God's GRACE that He has declared us RIGHTEOUS and has given us absolute confidence that we will inherit ETERNAL LIFE.
Let us take time to simply reflect on what this means for you and what it means to me.
Loving Father, thank You that by Your grace and mercy, I am justified, made a new creation in Christ, and sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit which has placed me in the position of becoming an heir of the hope of eternal life. Thank You, in Jesus' name, AMEN.
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