Time for Some Great News

5 Jun

He saved us —not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This [Spirit] He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:5-7

We are regenerated.  Regeneration is the production of a new life consecrated to God, a radical change of mind for the better.  This word is often used to denote the restoration of a thing to its pristine state.

We are renewed.  Renewal means renovated, a complete change for the better.

We have been made the sons and daughters of God the Father.  Hallelujah!  Sunday is here.  We are washed, we are justified, we are heirs.

It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this.  Titus 3:5-8

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