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What the Cross Says About God's Mercy (3 of 6)
Series: What The Cross Says About God
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-5).
THE MERCY OF GOD
I'm sure you've seen TV commercials by charities like World Vision that show children in great need. It's one thing to say you care about needy children; it's another thing to actually pick up the phone, dial the number, and sponsor one of those children. That is an act of mercy.
Numerous times the Bible says that God is merciful. How can we be sure that God is a merciful God? The cross reveals the mercy of God.
SAVED FROM WHAT?
Paul describes God as "our Savior" (v. 4) and also states that God has "saved us" (v. 5).
Salvation is DELIVERANCE from SIN'S PENALTY.
God saved us "when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared" (v. 4; cf. 2:11). In other words, those who are saved see in the cross God's "goodness" and "loving kindness."
God saved us "not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy" (v. 5).
God's "mercy" is his "goodness toward those in misery and distress." David said to God, "I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercy is great" (2 Sam. 24:14). The two blind men cried out to Jesus, "Have mercy on us, Son of David" (Matt. 9:27). The writer of Hebrews urged his readers to "draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16).
Salvation is a GIFT of God's MERCY, not a REWARD for our GOOD WORKS.
In his letters, Paul often emphasizes that we are saved by trusting in Christ and not by wha ...
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