Steven A. Bush - January 28, 2024

Ticket Punched. Results of Ticket Punched.

Ticket Punched. Results of Ticket Punched.

Titus 2:11-14 says: "For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds." (NLT) In Paul's words to Titus we see three theological terms interwoven together: Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification. Justification means we've been declared not guilty; i.e. we've been saved from sin's penalty. Sanctification, the redemptive process of being conformed into the likeness of Christ, means we are being saved from sin's power. Glorification means we will one day be saved from sin's presence altogether. John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, put it this way: "I am not what I might be, I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I wish to be, I am not what I hope to be. But I thank God I am not what I once was, and I can say with the great apostle, "By the grace of God I am what I am." And we might also conclude, the amazing grace that saved us is the same amazing grace that transforms and sustains us as we're bound for glory...

Scripture References: Titus 2:11-15, Titus 3:1-8, 1 John 4:11-13

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