Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good Works

Lately, I've been spending my time with Titus... Paul's epistle to him, anyway. (Did you know that Paul called him "my true son in our common faith" like he did Timothy? Titus 1:4.) Anyway, as someone who believes--not in a "works salvation," but in a lived-out faith--Titus 3:8 spoke to me.

Having been accused at one time of belonging to a cult (the Church of the Nazarene), and often being accused of believing in a works salvation, Paul's words to Titus confirmed a deep-seated belief within me. Something that is so foundational to who I am, in fact, that I didn't even realize where it came from. Namely, that "those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works." (Titus 3:8)

If the Word says it, why would I believe differently?

Does this mean Paul advocates salvation by works? Of course not! Read Ephesians 2:8: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

It means that God expects His children to live as such. Why would we argue with that?

1 comment:

  1. We exercise our faith by our works. As you said, not for salvation, that is a free gift, but to be fruitful.