For we also once were foolish ourselves,
enslaved to various lusts and pleasures,
spending our life in malice and envy,
hating one another.
BUT when the kindness of God our Savior
and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us,
not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness,
but according to His mercy,
by the washing of regeneration
and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
whom He poured out upon us richly
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that being justified by His grace
we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Oh what joy these verse bring! I love the BUTs in scripture. I was not a lovely person. I was a sinner. BUT GOD interrupted my pathway to hell and saved me! Now I’m an heir of eternal life. All because of the kindness of God our Savior. All because of the cross.
He could be yours too! Receive Him!
Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me He died
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty
By God's Word at last my sin I learned;
then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
till my guilty soul imploring turned
Now I've given to Jesus everything,
now I gladly own Him as my King,
now my raptured soul can only sing
Oh, the love that drew salvation's plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
For the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation to all men,
instructing us to deny ungodliness
and worldly desires
and to live sensibly,
and godly in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope
and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior,
who gave Himself for us
to redeem us from every lawless deed,
and to purify for Himself
a people for His own possession,
zealous for good deeds.
These things speak and exhort and reprove
with all authority.
Let no one disregard you.
Grace teaches what not to do and what to do.
First the negative.
Deny ungodliness and worldly desires.
Wow that’s a tall order! Say “no” to all the strong desires of the world. Lusts like pleasure, wealth, fame, sex, money. Why? The world is passing away and also it’s lusts. We are not citizens of this world. We live for heaven!
So what do we do?
Live sensibly, righteously, godly in this present age. The age we live in is a mess. These qualities are missing. Believers should be characterized by them!
Look for the return of Christ! Are you looking for Him? He is returning! This helps us live today!
Jesus died to save us from lawlessness and impurities, and to make us zealous…not for the world, but for good deeds! Hallelujah! What grace!
If you are a believer, you have your marching orders today! Deny. Live. And look!
In the hope of eternal life,
who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.
God cannot lie! People lie. Not God. Isn’t it good to have Someone you can believe? The hope of eternal life is sure because it was promised by God.
Do you have eternal life?
Truly, truly, I say to you,
he who hears My word,
and believes Him who sent Me,
has eternal life,
and does not come into judgment,
but has passed out of death into life.
This is God’s promise. Believe Him!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!