Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Whew, that scripture is a powerful mouthful of grace and its blessings! We’re are going to have to take it one bite at a time. Salvation comes through God’s grace which as we have learned are expressions of His kindness and love. This has absolutely nothing to do with us, with our goodness, our righteous deeds (as Paul said are as filthy rags before God). So many people in the world see God as “The Great Accounter of Deeds,” through which somehow in the end, the ledger is going to come out in their favor. “God won’t remember the bad things as much as He remembers the good ones,” we self-justify. But our salvation is granted not by our righteousness or goodness but only because of God’s grace and mercy. Apart from that we have no hope of forgiveness, no hope of salvation and certainly no hope for eternal life. How debilitating and devastating human pride can be!