Daily Thought for: 13th October

THE GREAT GOD AND OUR SAVIOUR

Titus 2. 11-15

All buildings have a skeleton upon which the eventual form takes shape. An artist will put in the structural parts to a design first so that the whole picture then evolves from this original and essential guide. Similarly this letter to Titus takes its fashion from three statements of’God our Saviour’.

‘God our Saviour’ is the foundational title of God upon which this little letter to Titus is constructed. It is used by Paul three times and reveals for us how that God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit is at the heart of our salvation.

When the Pharisees and Scribes commented, ‘This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them’, Luke 15. 2, the Lord Jesus countered their negativity with the parable of the three lost things. Beautifully, He unveils the Trinity at work in the finding of that which is lost. The shepherd, the woman and the father, each in their own way, illustrate for us the all absorbing task of searching for and getting back the object of their love. It is a masterpiece of story telling which reveals so simply that God has given Himself entirely to accomplish the salvation of men.

Here in Titus, Paul uses the same design as the Lord did, though not in the same order. Firstly, it is God our Saviour as the Father who plans, promises and commands this great enterprise of redemption, Titus 1. 2-3.

In our verses today, it is God our Saviour as the Son who ‘gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity’, Titus 2.14.

Finally, it is God our Saviour who, in the work of the Holy Spirit, produces the ‘washing of regeneration and renewing’, so essential to our conversion, Titus 3. 4-6.

To love and seek, then to purchase at infinite cost, and finally to regenerate by new birth, is a work that only God could conceive and bring about. That’s why He, and He alone, is the ‘great God and our Saviour’. We have come to know Him by His grace.

‘And when I think, that God His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in,
Then sings my soul . . . my Saviour God to Thee . . .
how great Thou art.’ [Carl Boberg]

 

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