He Saved Us

by Paul Tautges | October 25, 2012 9:14 am

One of the hymns that has been a personal favorite of mine, since the Lord saved me in the early part of 1984, is And Can It Be? One reason why so many believers love this Charles Wesley song is because it preserves the wonder—the wonder that God could love sinners like us so much that He would save us. Each verse of the hymn expresses wonder over a particular element of our salvation and builds to the crescendo of Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Verse 1 asks how it is possible that Jesus would give His own blood to save the very ones who caused His pain. Verse 2 ponders the self-humiliation of Jesus, whose immense and free mercy led Him to bleed for Adam’s race. Verse 3exalts the power of the gospel to set us free from our imprisonment to sin. And Verse 4 is a shout of triumph: There is now no condemnation for those who are alive in Christ. Truly, God’s love for us is amazing. How can it be that God, my God, would die for me?

It is this kind of wonder that fills the apostle’s heart in Titus 3:4-7. Here we see three elements of God’s incredible rescue of sinners, how he saves us from the penalty of our sin, which we commonly refer to as “our salvation.”

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.

THE REASON FOR OUR SALVATION (v. 4)
What was the motivation behind our salvation? What was its cause? God was the cause. Specifically, Paul mentions two attributes of God.

THE ROOT OF OUR SALVATION (vv. 5-6)
“He saved us,” that is, God rescued us from the penalty and power of sin. But how? Paul describes the 3-pronged root of our salvation

THE RESULT OF OUR SALVATION (v. 7). As a result of God’s gracioius salvation, believers in Christ have been “justified,” declared righteous by God based upon the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. Additionally, we have been “made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Heirs of what? Heirs of whom? This is speaking of our adoption. In Christ, we have been made of true sonship, heirs of God, and co-heirs of Christ. Paul expounds on the glory of our spiritual adoption in Romans 8:15-17. It also means we are heirs of the promises of God (Galatians 3:29) and heirs of the kingdom of God (James 2:5).

Why is all of this true? Because of three words: He…saved…us.

Why? Because of His grace, mercy, and His great love for sinners. All glory and praise to Him!

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