Talks for Growing Christians
Our Past, Present and Future Position in Christ
Lesson Number 8
- God loves people, but He hates their sin.
- God saves people, but He rejects their works.
- Let’s love the sinner but hate the sin.
- In Titus 3:3, was Paul describing only the native Cretans?
- Compared to God’s standard of righteousness, who else is described in Titus 3:3?
- What is the significance of these two Greek words for love – agape and phileo?
- Is anyone saved by good works?
- What is meant by, “The package of our salvation is more than just the forgiveness of sins?”
- Is the washing of regeneration the same as baptism?
- When does the Holy Spirit begin His renewal work in our lives?
- No. He was also describing himself in his unsaved days.
- All of us! See Romans 3.
- Agape is the highest form of love, the kind of love God has shown us when He gave Himself for us, as in John 3:16. Phileo means tender affection, as exists between members of a loving family. Phileo is the word used here in Titus 3:4, in reference to God’s love toward man. God loves us with both kinds of love, as proved by the coming of Christ.
- No. See Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5. It’s by God’s mercy alone that we are saved, and by His grace that we are justified or declared righteous (Titus 3:7).
- When we are saved we also received the washing of regeneration (Titus 3:5), the renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), and the reality of our future inheritance (Titus 3:7).
- No. Baptism does not give you new life. Washing here is a figurative expression to indicate cleansing from sin when we believe God’s Word and receive Christ as Savior. As a result we are given new life. We are more than just cleansed from sin – we are renewed by the Holy Spirit.
- The moment we are regenerated. This is the work of God that we call sanctification, being made more Christ-like, and this continues all our lives. See Philippians 1:6.
- We are joint-heirs with Christ. Discuss the meaning and implications of this statement.
- Consider God’s love for sinners and His hatred of their sins. Discuss how this was shown by Christ’s dealing with people and their sins.
- This week, show your love for someone who is not yet saved.
- “When the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.” – Titus 3:4-5