June 9, 2018
Titus 3:3-8a… For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.
In the opening sentence of this paragraph, Paul describes life without God. This was not just about the worst of the worst; this also describes the best of the worst. Life without God is not just a life without knowledge of right; it is life without the breath of God… He, who made life. Recently, I heard a pastor attempt to describe the Battle of Armageddon. He talked about God gathering the enemy together for the battle. That brings up a question… Why would God gather the armies of the enemy together for the battle with Jesus? The pastor put forth the proposition that God wanted the final battle between good and evil to in fact be the final battle. In God’s mind, this will not be a battle at all but a defeat of evil. He is positioning evil to be completely annihilated. Some years ago, God showed me the mental state of the forces of darkness. They are ruled by the first sentence at the top of this page. Demons are foolish and disobedient, passing their days in malice and envy. Demons are jealous of one another and hate one another. Can you imagine organizing a great battle with those generals?
For us, everything changed when God, by His grace and mercy, saved us. And He did it in His own way. Knowing the insidious influence of evil, He did not trust us with the job of earning our own salvation; He justified us through the sacrifice of His own Son. You are a sinner saved by grace.