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Titus Chapter 3 (3 of 3)
Series: The Epistle of Titus
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
That's right! It's the very same thing that Paul said in 1st Timothy 3, with this exception. He adds that the person who has moderation is meek and demonstrates that meekness to ALL men. This is exactly the same thing that Paul spoke of concerning moderation that he spoke of in Philippians 4:5, Let your moderation be known to ALL men. Now look at James 3:14-17 and see something very interesting.
5 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 Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
No my friends, it's not that there is a possibility that you and I can offer a works salvation that God might or will accept. It is the reality that Salvation is not BY works, but COMPLETLY of God's grace! That's what makes grace, grace. Learn this one truth once and for all. You can do nothing to earn or deserve salvation. Salvation does not come by religious deeds or membership in a local church. Salvation does not come by giving to social needs. It does not come through intellectually believing in God, the demons do that. You can DO nothing to be saved. It comes from God's grace. Verse 9 reinforces this by showing that the means is not by works since its basis is grace, and its means is faith. Therefore since no person can bring salvation to himself by his own efforts, no one can boast. Their boasting can only be in the Lord.
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for th ...
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