Monday, May 24, 2010

Why We Should Maintain Good Works: Titus 3:1-15B

Titus 3:1-15B

Theme: Promote Church Order

5. By Maintaining Good Works (2 - 3)

Chapter 3 also gives reasons to maintain good works (3-8). 

God saved us from foolishness (3). This and the following reason relates to maintaining good works toward lost people. We have just been told to "malign no one", "to be uncontentious, gentle", and to show "every consideration for all men" (2). This could prove difficult towards the unsaved, because we see the evil in their behavior. Remembering we were saved from the same sinful, hateful condition should make it easier to show consideration to all men.

God saved us by grace (4-5). Pride can make a person indignant or harsh toward those who do not enjoy the same benefits. Remembering we did not earn salvation with our righteous deeds should keep us meek toward all men. Thinking about the grace God has "poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ", should also persuade us to maintain good works toward the lost. God has washed us of sins, indwelled us, given us a new nature, justified us, and made us heirs of eternal life in Christ. Such unmerited favor from God should persuade us "engage in good deeds" (14).

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