Salvation is a past, present, and future work of God, grounded in the person of Christ.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)
The grace of God is an incredibly amazing thing. No one actually deserves it, and yet most of us who have experienced it find it difficult express the profound beauty of it. God’s grace transforms us at the very depths of our being. It changes our affections and enables us to pursue Christ-likeness in a way that has never before been possible. While not every person will be saved, God will save all types of persons from every tribe and tongue (Rev. 7:9) in order that His glory might be reflected through the diversity of His people. The culmination of our salvation is our worship of our Redeemer around His throne for the rest of eternity. As we live in this world, we are called to be living sacrifices (Rom. 12:2) who exhibit a lifestyle of worshiping God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We do this by the way that we respond to the truths of the gospel.
The Christian life is one of living in the present while remembering the past and anticipating the future. Our present lifestyle of faith and repentance is made possible through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and our future hope is rooted in Christ’s return and eternal rule as the Sovereign King of Creation.
John Phillips writes, “The great inspiration to godly living is the second coming of Christ (Titus 2:13) and the tremendous cost of Calvary (Titus 2:14).”
We must remember the cost of our redemption while we wait expectantly for the return of our King who will one day set all things right. Our future with Him is as certain as the redemption that was accomplished through Him at the Cross. When Christ arose from the dead, He secured forever the redemption of the sons of God in all of their glory. He not only sees what we are, but more importantly, what we will become as those waiting to be fully conformed to His image. Let us therefore, remember the work of Christ as we rely on the power of the gospel to transform us while we await the final fulfillment of our salvation. Wait for the return of the King as you reflect on the redemption accomplished at the Cross… this is how we are to live in light of the gospel.
Titus 3:4-7 “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Our salvation is a work accomplished by the entire Godhead–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. According to the mercy of our Father, He saved us through the precious blood of Christ. We are made righteous, because the Son of God did what we could never do. He exchanged His righteousness for our sin so that we might be restored to the Father. As a result, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within us so that we might be born again (regeneration) and given new hearts that love and obey the things of God (renewal). We experience this transformation so that we might enjoy the blessings of being the children of God according to the hope of eternal communion with Him. Salvation is God’s work of restoring us to what we were intended to be so that we might forever enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.
Few things are sweeter than meditating on the good news of our redemption… May it cause you to marvel at God’s mercy toward you.