Thursday, July 12, 2012

Salvation in Titus

Through the book of Titus, Paul weaves an overview of salvation.  Today I want to give that overview, and then in subsequent posts go into more detail of each aspect of salvation as Paul presents it in Titus.  Today's post will list the different aspects of salvation that Paul gives in Titus.

The Author of Salvation
Vs (1:3, 1:4) (3:4, 3:6) (2:9, 2:13)
Notice how these are grouped in the letter.

The Appearing of Salvation
Vs 2:11, 3:4, 2:13 (its final appearing)
Appearing in the Greek is epiphaino.  It means to bring to light, to become clearly known, to show or reveal one's self.  It is also the word from which we get our word epiphany.

The Availability of Salvation
Vs 2:11, 3:4
Notice to whom salvation is made available.

The Application of Salvation
Vs 1:1
Now notice to whom salvation is applied.

The Act of Salvation
Vs 2:14, 3:5-7
Notice who does the redeeming and the saving.

The Actions of the Saved
Vs 2:11-14
Compare these verses with verse 16 of the previous chapter.  As Luther said, "We are saved by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone."  

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