Saved To... (a series about more than just going to Heaven)
Did you know you were more than just saved from sin and death? Did you know that you were saved for more than just heaven? In this blog series I wanna talk about what we are saved TO, in this life, today, here and now. Below you will find a bunch of questions and this is how we are going to start the series. I hope that you will engage with me and answer the questions. Feel free to answer the questions on your own, but i would love to have you answer in an email or in the comments section so that we might exchange ideas. Let's get started!
Do you believe that a Christian can say no to Sin? Do you believe that a Christian can walk in holiness and righteousness? Read Titus 2:11 - 3:11 (Below) Then take some time to answer the questions at the end. In tomorrow's blog I will spend time answering each of these questions with other scriptural references. "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 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. 15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2 to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. 3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 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, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. - Titus 2:11 - 3:8 What are the 2 purposes of the grace of God according to chapter 2 verse 11 and 12? When are we to live Godly, self controlled, upright lives according to verse 12? According to chapter 2 verse 14 what two things did Jesus give his life for in order to accomplish in us? According to verse 14 what is the purified and redeemed Christian supposed to be zealous for? Does this say that God will be zealous for good works through us or that we will be zealous for good works? Titus is told by Paul to exhort and rebuke with all authority "these things". What are "these things"? In verse 15 what does "let no one disregard you" imply? If Titus was to face opposition for teaching holiness and righteousness why would we expect it any different? And why would we allow people to disregard us for teaching what Paul clearly says? In chapter 3 verses 1 and 2 What does Paul instruct Titus to do? And then what is Titus to instruct the people to do? In chapter 3 verse 3 what does Paul imply by "we ourselves were…"? Because of "who we once were" why did God save us according to chapter 3 verse 4 and 5? Being saved by grace or "His own mercy" as Paul says, what was God's action according to verse 5? If, according to Paul, the Spirit of God is the one used by Christ to wash us for regeneration and renewal, and is said to be "poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ", then when does a believer become in dwelt by the Spirit? Does Paul separate justification, the filling of the Holy Spirit and salvation in verses 5, 6 and 7? If not, why do we? In light of salvation, justification and the indwelling Spirit what does Paul insist Titus expect from believers? Who is responsible for the action of the believer in verse 8? Why are the people to devote themselves to good works?