NOT ON THE BASIS OF DEEDS
MESSAGE: “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5)
MEANING: The Bible clearly identifies the source of our salvation as God’s mercy, not our works. It is sinfully arrogant to attempt to earn our own salvation by performing good deeds as an expression of our appreciation for the salvation which God has so generously given to us. When we recognize that our salvation is an un-merited gift, it becomes much more natural to respond with zeal, thankfulness, and joy.
MOVEMENT: God’s mercy is limitless, as long as we are ready to take advantage of it. But we must act. God is ready to forgive, He wants to forgive, but we must properly seek His forgiveness. If we will do so, God in His mercy will forgive us and reserve a home in Heaven for us.