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Dr. June Normil
God's promise of salvation in the Old Testament looks forward to Christ. In Ephesians 2:4-7, we see how God expressed His love for us through Christ, meeting our need for salvation. The words :great love" describe the abundance of God's love. "Rich in mercy" refers to God's compassion for the helpless. God's love for us is immeasurable, and we in no way deserve it. Mercy and love are part of God's nature, not a response to something in us that merits these blessings. As Paul wrote Titus concerning God's grace and His provision of salvation, he wanted Titus to remind believers what their lives were like before Christ (Titus 3:3). This makes God's grace even more amazing. We have not done anything to deserve it. Yet we are recipients of the mercy and love of God (Titus 3:4-5). The washing and renewal mentioned in verse 6 takes place as the Spirit works in our lives. It refers to a total cleansing and transforming, God's promise for those who call upon Him. Paul again pointed to the benefits of our salvation in verse 7. Being justified means we stand without condemnation before God. We deserved to be punished for our sin, but Jesus took our punishment, delivering us from guilt. Our salvation, so precious today, is not bound by time or corrupted by the forces of this world. We enjoy the assurance of eternal Life in Christ as we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in his sight (1 John 3:22).
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 95 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug 2014 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
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