Titus 3:4-6 (NKJV) 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Not by our works of righteousness, “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another” (Titus 3:3 NKJV). That is a picture of how we were before we were cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. It is important to understand that the change in our lives does not come from our own righteousness. For “we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6 NKJV). If we try to change our lives through our own righteousness, we will find ourselves doing the same things, and our iniquities will take us away. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NKJV). Trying to do good doesn’t make us a Christian. We are not saved by works of righteousness, or good deeds. For “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10 NKJV). “But according to His mercy He saved us…through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Our Lord Jesus Christ died for us and paid the penalty for our sins, that is why God extends His mercy to us. For it is “according to His mercy He saved us.” We were dead in trespasses and sins. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:4-10 NKJV). God can save us today, no matter who you are or what you have done, because Jesus Christ died for us on the Cross. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, and He covers us with His righteousness “through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” This is what Jesus was speaking about when He said “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5 NKJV). The water represents the Word of God. The Word of God has a sanctifying power, and the Holy Spirit uses it to cleanse us. This is the way we are born again “through Jesus Christ our Savior.” The moment that we repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior by trusting in Him for our salvation, God pours out on us the Holy Spirit. And notice that we are not just given a little bit of the Holy Spirit, rather God poured out on us the Holy Spirit, abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. My friends in everything God does there is a surplus. God is able to do exceedingly more than what we ask or think. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 NKJV). My friends, we are abundantly blessed in Christ Jesus. Jesus is all we need.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.