(15 verses, 1:53 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Paul concludes his letter to Titus with a flourish of promises and exhortation.
MARK & LEARN
- Yesterday Pr Flamme pointed out how smoothly Paul moves from talking about faith to talking about love. The same thing is demonstrated in this chapter. Paul reminds Titus to keep teaching the Lord’s people to subject to authorities, to be obedient, the be ready for good works (3:1), to be peaceful and gentle and humble (3:2) and to live in a different manner than the unbelieving world (3:3). And, all of this is the result of God’s gracious work in Christ.
- Titus 3:4-7 is an unbelievably wonderful and beautiful text. It is the text for the third question, “How can water do such things?
Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” (Titus 3:5–8)
- We should write these verses with gold on our hearts.
- Paul, then, is urging good works, not because we need them to be saved, but because we are the heirs of salvation (see 3:8, 14).
- The distinction between the Law and the Gospel is not the separation of faith and love. We Christians rejoice in the love of God to us, and we strive to live lives of love to our neighbors.
- O Lord, we give you thanks that while we were in sin and darkness Your Son came into our flesh and blood, our sin and death to save and deliver us. We give You thanks for His great mercy and kindness, and pray that You would keep us always in the true faith, and the salvation brought to us in our baptism. Grant us Your Holy Spirit, O Lord, that we would live in Your kindness and gentleness as heirs of salvation, and that we would begin to love and serve our neighbor even as You have perfectly loved us, through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller