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Paul Reminds Titus of why the Grace of God was Given to Us
Titus 3:6-7 Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. KJV Note: CEV=Contemporary English Version
Immediately after Paul reminds Brother Titus what the grace of God did to us and for us, he now reminds him and we true believers today and of every era and generation why we received this marvellous, miraculous, and merciful grace of God with these words, "Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;" (Titus 3:6) (KJV). This wonderful grace of God came to every redeemed, reborn, and regenerated sinner by One only and that being by our Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ. Not only is Jesus Christ God, but He is also Savior, meaning that the Creator of humanity is also the Savior of humanity and He is the judge of humanity. This grace of God Paul declares here was shed on us abundantly and the English word 'shed' is translated by the Greek word ekcheō meaning (to pour); to pour forth; figuratively to bestow: - gush out, shed forth, spill. The English word 'abundantly' is translated by the Greek word plousiōs meaning copiously: - abundantly, richly. In other words, every sinner when he or she is converted has this grace of God poured out upon them as though they were standing under a waterfall or huge shower being washed clean of the dirt that is on them and in our case, the dirt is our sins of the flesh and of the spirit that are all washed clean by this pouring out of grace through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Here is what Matthew Henry had to say about this verse, "Here is the procuring cause of all, namely, Christ: Through Jesus Christ our Saviour. He it is who purchased the Spirit and His saving gifts and graces. All come through Him, and through Him as a Saviour, whose undertaking and work it is to bring to grace and glory; He is our righteousness and peace, and our head, from whom we have all spiritual life and influences. He is made of God to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Let us praise God for Him above all; let us go to the Father by Him, and improve Him to all sanctifying and saving purposes. Have we grace? Let us thank Him with the Father and Spirit for it: account all things but loss and dung for the excellency of the knowledge of Him, and grow and increase therein more and more." Now Titus and we are reminded of why our Lord Jesus pours out this spectacular grace upon us and that being first and foremost to make us right in God the Father's sight and to make us His forever, just as a son or daughter born into an earthly family is a member and part of that family forever, so to are we redeemed sinners a part forever of God's family in heaven, as it is written here, "That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:7) (KJV).
The little English phrase 'being justified' is translated by the Greek word dikaioō meaning to render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent. Here is the way Paul wrote this truth to the Church @ Rome in two (2) places, First, "All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, He freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered His life's blood, so that by faith in Him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past He was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when He accepts people who have faith in Jesus." (Romans 3:23-25) (CEV), and Second, "By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God." (Romans 5:1) (CEV). In other words, it is Christ grace that declares us innocent in heaven before the throne of God the Father and therefore, God the Father now sees us exactly as He sees Jesus Christ and that is pure and perfect and free from sin (even though we still have sin on us and in us). Why is it then that the remainder of sinful humanity go on resisting, refusing, and rejecting our Lord Jesus Christ and this bountiful, that is freely given grace?
It is because the enemy of God (the devil) is at work continually on the earth to keep sinners from hearing and believing the Gospel of Christ, as Paul wrote with these words to the Church @ Corinth, "If there is anything hidden about our message, it is hidden only to someone who is lost. The god who rules this world (the devil) has blinded the minds of unbelievers. They cannot see the light, which is the good news about our glorious Christ, who shows what God is like." (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) (CEV). The purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ pouring out this grace upon us so abundantly or richly is that we be made 'heirs' and this English word is translated by the Greek word klēronomos meaning (in its original sense of partitioning, that is, [reflexively] getting by apportionment); a sharer by lot, that is, an inheritor (literally or figuratively); by implication a possessor: - heir. In other words, the purpose of this grace is to make us legitimate sons and daughters of God the Father, no longer illegitimate sinners, but now we are heirs to the eternal life that is God and now is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord, just as Paul wrote to the Church @ Rome with these words, "Only those people who are led by God's Spirit are His children. God's Spirit doesn't make us slaves who are afraid of Him. Instead, we become His children and call Him our Father. God's Spirit makes us sure that we are His children. His Spirit lets us know that together with Christ we will be given what God has promised. We will also share in the glory of Christ, because we have suffered with Him." (Romans 8:14-17) (CEV).
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reade, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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