Sermons by Joshua Chipchase
Faith Baptist Church, Oxford, OH
July 2 & 9, 2017
What God Saves Us From (Part 1)
God is the Creator (Gen. 1:1). God is holy standard (Isaiah 6:3). People are to be holy too. God is the just Judge (Deut. 32:4; Isa. 45:19). He will judge the world with righteousness.
These are all wonderful characteristics about God, but if these are the only things that we can say about God then you and I should be terrified. We should submit to Him, but we haven’t. See Romans 1:18-3:20.
But God is more than that. Here in Titus we see that He is also the Savior. The Father is called “God our Savior” in Titus 1:3; 2:10; 3:4, and Jesus is called our Savior in Titus 1:4; 2:13; 3:6. Paul makes this point very clear, but it makes us ask, What does God save us from?
From hell, right? True, but that does not give us the whole picture. His salvation doesn’t just protect us from eternal punishment; His salvation changes people (see Titus 1:16; 2:3, 14; 3:1, 8, 14).
God saves us from the Penalty, Power, Presence, Possession of sin. We will look at the first two in this sermon, and the second two in the next.
Titus 2:11 God saves us from the Penalty of sin
- This salvation is from God.
- Salvation comes from God’s Son.
- Salvation is open to all people.
This motivates us to live for Christ, but how can we with so much sin? The next verse tells us.
Titus 2:12 God saves us from the Power of sin
- By training us.
- By training us to say “No” to sin.
- By training us to say “Yes” to righteousness.
- By training us right now.
If you do not have this salvation yet, turn to Christ as your only Savior and your only Lord! If you have trusted in Christ already, then these truths should cause you to rejoice, and get busy!
What God Saves Us From (Part 2)
Titus 2:13 God saves us from the Presence of sin
God saves us from the penalty of sin in the past. He is saving us from the power of sin in the present. God’s salvation also reaches to the future.
- 1 John 3:2; Romans 8:29; Philippians 3:20-21. When Christ appears, all believers will be made like Him. We will no longer struggle with sin. We will be made perfect like Christ.
- This verse says we are waiting for it. This means it should excite us!
- Note: Jesus is called God here! Both “God” and “Savior” share one definite article. If Paul wanted to distinguish two titles here he would have said, “The great God and the Savior”. Also, verse 14 talks about the second coming, and nowhere else in Scripture is God the Father joined with Christ.
Titus 2:14 God saves us from the Possession of sin
Jesus’ death does three things for us here.
- Jesus’ death redeems us from all lawlessness. If we have to be released from lawlessness that means sin was our master (see Romans 6).
- Jesus’ death purifies us for His possession. Sin contaminates us, but Christ cleans us (see Eph. 5:25-27). As His possession we are to glorify Him and proclaim His excellencies (1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Pet. 2:9).
- Jesus’ death makes us zealous for good works. Luke 6:43-45, if somebody has been saved and redeemed by Christ, they will be changed and bear different fruit. Good works cannot save us (Titus 3:5), but saved people will do good works!
Why does God want us to do good works? So that we can bring glory to Him as people see our works (1 Pet. 2:12; Matt. 5:16).
Summary: The punishment that we deserve has been poured out on Christ. His death has also broken sin’s power over us. Because of what He has done those who believe will see Him face to face and be made perfect. We have been set free from slavery from sin and have become His possession.
All of these things God has done through the death of Christ should spur us to be different. Are we thankful that He has saved us? Do we believe that God has given us the power to live a new life? Do we look forward to the day Christ will make us like Him? Do we believe that Christ is our new Master? Let us live like it!