From Handbook to Scripture, Day 326
READING: TITUS 3
After an exhortation concerning the general conduct of all believers (3:1–2), Paul gives a sublime summary of how the kindness, love, and mercy of God brought about our salvation through grace and not by works (3:3–7). But good works should follow from this redemption (3:8). This letter closes with instructions on dealing with divisive people (3:9–11) and some final remarks (3:12–15).
Paul wrote this epistle to follow through on his instructions for the appointment of elders in every city in Crete by giving Titus a list of qualifications to use in this process (1:5–9; cf. 1 Timothy 3). He emphasizes the need for sound doctrine and illustrates this with three important summaries of the faith (1:1–3; 2:11–14; 3:3–7).
Prayer: Lord, You saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to Your mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom You poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace, we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Meditation passage: verses 3–7