Titus 3:5-8: “Not by works of righteousness that 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 Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”
Strictly out of habit, we are inclined to stop at the end of verse 5, i. e., those who adhere to Biblical doctrine and teaching. Why? Because we think we have said enough, and don’t consider that we give an entrance to unsound (salvation by works and sacraments) exegesis, if we stop at that point. However, if we go on through to verse 8, it becomes abundantly and perfectly clear, that works are the product of salvation, and not the means of obtaining salvation. Therefore, I say, it’s “ever the same – grace thru faith!” There’s no other way to come to God; no other way to please God; indeed, no other way to serve God, but by grace thru faith.
Churches who teach that salvation is by works, or by sacrament, no matter by what name they are called, are an affront to Almighty God! I don’t say this in an effort to appear wiser, or more holy than anyone else; but with the desire that dear people may hear the true gospel, may believe in Christ as He’s revealed in Scripture, and be saved. By all means, search the Scripture prayerfully! Be like the Berean Church: Search the Scriptures daily and see that God is a God of grace. As Charles Spurgeon declared: “It’s All of Grace!”
The popular “exposition” of Scripture today, is to read the Bible and apply it to cute witticisms of one’s own devising. Just read most of the religious articles posted in newspapers and magazines today, or popular books full of positive thinking, and “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” theology, and see if this is not so. The problem is: “Seven Ways to a Better You,” or being driven (however purposely it may be done), will not save you. Jesus Christ alone does that (Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-10).
As ever, for the sake of Jesus Christ and the Gospel,
Bill (a sinner saved by grace)