Christ is our Saviour and two things follow from that: sound doctrine and good deeds. They go together.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour 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 Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. (Titus 3:3-8)
Paul applies the word "Saviour" to both the Father and to the Son. Godhead teamwork, Father, Son and Holy Spirit involved. Christ is our Saviour and two things follow from that: sound doctrine and good deeds. They go together. Once we know God and Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we concern ourselves with sound doctrine and good deeds. These two things must be connected because if our beliefs aren't sound our behaviour won't ultimately be good. Doctrine directs belief, and belief affects behaviour.
When we hear and learn sound doctrine the objective is to adorn it with good deeds the rest of the week. If we don't then we are hypocrites and people won't listen to the sound doctrine.
This is the concern of the whole letter to Titus. Sound doctrine leading to good deeds, in the church, the home, and the community at our daily work.
We will never lead a soul to Christ if we only witness with our lives. Nor will we ever do it by mere preaching sound doctrine. When our lips and life are at the disposal of the Lord, both giving the same message of the grace and mercy of God, we'll witness the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
God called us to be light and salt. Not salt as a flavour or preservative as we use it today but as disinfectant and fertiliser; stopping harmful things from growing and encouraging good things to thrive. That's what God called us to be in our communities.
The world rejects sound doctrine expressed in the life of Jesus on earth and recorded in the Bible for our benefit. Doctrine is not a set of rules but a way of life. It nurtures us and allows us to be transformed into the likeness of our Saviour. We, the Body of Christ, are His witnesses in both word and in action.
Author: Betty Plumb
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