Titus 3: The Good of Christianity
Paul ends Titus 3 by emphasizing the most important part of the Christian worldview.
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
God has provided salvation for us. We’re justified by Him, not by our own works. As a result of that grace, we have been made heirs can have hope of eternal life in heaven with our Lord and Savior. That is vitally important.
Verse eight is interesting as well. Those who have believed in God ought to do good works. This illustrates a relationship I think between faith and works. If we have faith, then the works should follow. They are the consequence of following God. They do not give salvation, but if we are following the will of God, then we are going to do good things.
Think about Jesus Christ. He was perfectly following the will of God, and he did a wide variety is good works. As this verse says, they were profitable. He was helping out society simply by being in line with the will of God the Father. That applies to us as well in this case. I believe that Christians are good for the world. If we are endeavoring to live by the Christian worldview, the world is going to be better for having Christians in it. As you look at the number of schools, hospitals and charities founded by Christians over the years, it is obvious that many people have been motivated by the desire to follow God to do great things for humanity.
As a result, let’s remember this passage from Titus. Faith needs to come first, and salvation comes by that alone. However, as we then endeavor to follow Jesus Christ, works that are good for the world are going to follow. John Lennon might have imagined a world without religion, but I don’t think he would have liked what he would’ve found if there had never been a group of people passionately trying to follow the will of God who motivates good work.