“End Results, Not The Means” (Titus 3: 4 – 7, KJV) by Carley Evans

Who saves us?

We are saved by “God, our Savior.”

When are we saved?

We are saved “after the kindness and love of God, our Savior” appears.

Why are we saved?

We are saved “not by works of righteousness which we do, but according to His mercy.”

How are we saved?

We are saved “by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He sheds on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior.”

What is the result of our salvation?

When we are saved, we are “justified by His grace;” and we are “made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Here — in three verses — Paul gives us the who, when, why, how, and what of salvation. Another result of our salvation — which Paul mentions prominently — is that we “who believe in God must be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” (Titus 3: 8)

And again, he writes: “And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they not be unfruitful.” (Titus 3: 14)

Good works and fruitfulness are the end results of our salvation, but they are not the cause of our salvation. The causal factor in our justification is God’s mercy and grace, His love and sacrifice for us, which He plans before time begins and brings to fruition on the Cross and in His resurrection and through His giving of His Holy Spirit.

“The Torn Curtain” (1 Corinthians 2: 9, ESV) by Carley Evans

God reveals what He has prepared for us, who love Him, through His Holy Spirit. “For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 2: 10)

The Spirit testifies with our spirits that “we are the children of God.” (Romans 8: 16) As children of God, we are “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8: 17) The Holy Spirit also “intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…according to the will of God.” (Romans 8: 26, 27)

What God prepares for us is our transformation — that we “be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8: 29) Jesus says to His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I Am you may be also.” (John 14: 1 – 3)

God swears that we are “heirs of the promise.” (Hebrews 6: 17) He takes an oath that His purpose is unchangeable. God Himself gives us “strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6: 18) Remember that “it is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6: 18) “Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6: 20) The curtain between us and the Holy Place of God the Father has been torn, and Jesus has entered for us. There He awaits His bride, which is you and me — the children of God.