“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“Grace that Brought Salvation Down” (3:4-7)
The whole gospel is compressed into these words. The saving power and act of God is unfolded here, ending with the statement of what we have been made. Heirs, of eternal life. Through God as consequence of his characteristic kindness, goodness and great, great mercy. He saved us! It was all of him from start to finish. That is why we have no right to despise or be contemptuous towards others. He washed us, regenerated and r renewed us (Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 1:5). God makes us clean, wonderful! He has given us a new heart, new life, a new spirit, and new hope (2Corinthians 5:17).
Note also the Trinitarian involvement. The Father pours out the Spirit abundantly through his Son. How can people deny God in Trinity, it is writ large all over the Bible and God’s salvation. The fulness of the Godhead working together in perfect harmony bringing about God’s eternal counsel, in creation, in providence, and in redemption’s plan. Neither Person does anything without the other. The Father through the Son in the Spirit. Perfect love, and perfect harmony. Paul here has spoken of what once we were, of what we are in Christ, and of what we shall be. Now as result of all this, life-saving, life-transforming doctrine, he demands of the Cretans that witness, give testimony within the society where God has sovereignly placed them, to show that their lives have indeed changed, been transformed. The church is ever God’s shop window where he displays his wares of grace, for all who pass by to see. What do see in you and me?
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)