Bible Study: Titus 3:1-7

Paul now brings us back to earlier points made in Titus 1:1-3.  That is, to Christ and the Gospel.  Paul would have Titus to remind the believers at Crete that our beliefs impact our behaviour.  If we have believed in Christ for salvation and understand the great abundance of kindness that has been given to us, then we ought to behave in a certain way.  We act gracious to those in authority above us in government, our unbelieving and believing neighbor, and we pursue a holy life in public and in private.

Titus 3:1-7

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 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; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The kindness of God

God’s kindness to us is freely given.  We do not deserve it, and it is not given to us because of the type of people we already are.  It is not by works of righteousness where God shows appreciation to us for being good already. Rather, the kindness of God is that he gives us a bath.  We are washed, born again, and made new by the Holy Spirit.  God’s kindness goes beyond making us His adopted but outside heirs.  God’s kindness makes us His actual family.  He makes us into new people. Thank God for His unmerited kindness.