Saved By Grace
Filed Under: Lifestyle, Opinion | Posted: 11/29/2012 at 11:24AM
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Saved Through God’s Holy Graces
In chapter (3) of the Epistle of the Apostle Paul to his son Titus: verses 2 to 7 Paul warns us, cautions us, against how we are to be perceived by others.
Paul speaking to Titus instructs, "speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy,hateful, and hating one another.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of The Holy Spirit; 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.
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God, might be careful to maintain good works, these things are good and profitable unto men."
Through these scriptures we learn and can understand that the Apostle Paul is re-inforcing a major teaching with his son Titus to be taught and passed on, specifically that we all fall short of God’s expectations of us, as we all have been sinful by being lawfully foolish, and disobedient,and deceitful, we all have divers lustful, pleasurable tendencies, we all live in envy,and hatefulness, but we must try to avoid these as best we can.
Paul goes on to teach us that it is not through performance of good deeds or charitable deeds, that we are saved from our sinfulness, that our spiritual renewal can only come through the righteous justification and sactification of our total belief and acceptance that we are saved and cleansed through the regenerating blood of Christ Jesus poured out for our salvation, and only through this are we justified by His Grace and become joint heirs with Him to eternal life.
It is only the grace of God and His love for us that God sent Jesus Christ into the world, so that through His death, through His perfect sacrifice unto God and through our acceptance of this gift from Jesus, that we can be saved from sin and death, and be restored to our rightful heavenly place in God,s house as his child, his son or daughter.
This serves to re-enforce Jesus teachings to us in John 14:6 where Jesus tells us,"I am the way,the truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father but thru me."
Our first step towards redemption is our acknowledgement of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, the next is to ask forgiveness of our sinful way and the last is to fully believe that Jesus will instantly grant this for us and our souls,our spirits will be immediately cleansed of all our sinfulness, past present, and future, and we will be restored to God Our Father.