The Source of Good Citizenship, Part 4
Topic: Citizenship Scripture: Titus 3:4-7
How is it possible to model good citizenship like Paul exhorts in Titus 3:1-2 while living in an ungodly, uncivil society? Paul gives the answer in Titus 3:3-7. The Apostle exhorts believers to remember their post-conversion state of salvation. Paul reminds us not only what we have been saved from (v. 3) but what we are saved to (vv. 4-7).
Paul reveals how the gospel (3:4-7) gives what the law demands (3:1-2). The gospel produces what guilt, sheer duty or mere command could never produce. Today, we will see how Paul reminds us of the means of our salvation, namely God the Holy Spirit.
God the Father’s merciful salvation is effected in the believer by means of the Holy Spirit’s saving work. We must not miss the central role that the Holy Spirit plays in Paul’s understanding of salvation. The Holy Spirit is Christ’s gift to the church as Augustine says in his book, On The Trinity, “there is no greater gift of God than the Holy Spirit."