” Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14.
Anyone who studies the gift of God’s righteousness in Christ will come to that moment when you are left in awe of all God has done. As you reflect through several scriptures and see the depth of God’s forgiveness, His relentless love always causes you to bow your heart, lift your hands, and extol His name in worship. Forever the importance of Christ’s sacrifice will always be a beauty to behold, a place of refuge and comfort, and the believer’s assurance.
When all else fails, Christ’s love will stand true. This is so because the King, our Lord Jesus Christ, has conquered death, defeated sin, and reigns victoriously at the Father’s right hand (in the believer today). The writer to the Hebrews puts it this way, ‘But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; For by one offering He has perfected them forever that are sanctified. Therefore, we are forever triumphant in His work. It’s an eternal redemption (Hebrews 9.12-15). Jesus saves, and He saves completely and forever.
Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Now, why did God go to that length to save or redeem us? Titus 2:14 ‘Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own, zealous of good works.’ God’s delight has always been for humans to have His righteousness as nature and conduct. This, He successfully made possible through Christ Jesus. Now, God works in every saved person both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Ephesians 2:10 also explains the reason why we were saved, redeemed, or made righteous ‘For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
God plans to have children who can reflect His character to a sick and dying world, people who can show and communicate the transforming power of God’s love to others. None of us is saved to please or serve himself (Philippians 1:21, Galatians 5:13). We live to please or serve Him, who died for us (2 Corinthians 5:15). Hence, we must know that God’s righteousness enables us to come before Him without fear, timidity, any sense of inferiority or guilt, much more, it also empowers us to serve and lay down our lives for others. Hebrews 10:23- 24 says, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.
1. Father, I thank you for the gift of righteousness. Thank you because it enables me to come before you without guilt, fear, condemnation, or unworthiness consciousness.
2. Today, I also recognize that this same righteousness enables me to serve others in the gospel of your son, and I commit to doing the same (Amen).