The Source of Good Citizenship, Part 5
Scripture: Titus 3:3–3:7
The Source of Good Citizenship
Text: Titus 3:3-7
I. Remember the duties of good citizenship (3:1-2).
II. Remember the source of good citizenship (3:3-7).
A. Remember your pre-conversion state of bondage. 3:3
B. Remember your post-conversion state of salvation. vv. 4-7
1. The (efficient) cause of the believer’s salvation. vv. 4-5a
2. The basis of the believer’s salvation. v. 5a-b
3. The means of the believer’s salvation. vv. 5-6
4. The Purpose of the Believer’s Salvation. v. 7
“Justification is the primary blessing, because it meets our primary spiritual need. We all stand by nature under God’s judgment; His law condemns us; guilt gnaws at us, making us restless, miserable, and in our lucid moments afraid; we have no peace in ourselves, because we have no peace with our Maker. So we need the forgiveness of our sins, and assurance of a restored relationship with God, more than we need anything else in the world; and this the gospel offers us before it offers us anything else.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God, p. 187
Because God the Father has saved us-justified us- we live in hope (i.e., a sure expectation) that one day we will receive our full inheritance, that we will come into unhindered fellowship with our Triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—as well as one another in the new creation—the new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21-22).
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