Recently we focused in on justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. In addition, we have memorized Titus 3:1-3 this year. Given this recent focus I thought it would good for us to read beyond where we have memorized and see how the Lord applies this doctrine of justification even to the way we interact with those around us.

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 3:1-8).

In verses 4-6 by the Holy Spirit Paul writes about the gospel and in verses 7 he summarizes all that went before like this: “So that being justified by His grace.” Notice two ways that this text applies the gospel to our lives.

First, being a good citizen and neighbor (3:1-3) has everything to do with our fresh understanding and application of the gospel (3:3-7). The only way we will  show “every consideration to all men” is if we are freshly aware of God’s remarkable undeserved consideration that He has shown us (3:4). Second, at the end of this exposition of the gospel Paul says this:

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 3:8).

Being a good citizen and a good neighbor has everything to do with our fresh understanding and application of the gospel, but secondly, being a fruitful God-glorifying servant of the gospel in this life has everything to do with our fresh understanding and application of the gospel. Titus was to confidently speak of these gospel truths “so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds.” In our study on justification we were reminded of our security before God because of His declaration of our righteousness in Christ. This security and the fresh awareness of the grace of God in it has everything to do with the way we treat those around us and our fruitfulness for Christ in this world.