April 20, 2009, 7:05 am
Filed under: Devotions


by Caleb Hancock

So…if salvation is by grace alone, and not according to what we contribute, does that mean that we can now go do what we want regardless of consequences? I mean, if we’re saved by grace, isn’t that a license to sin???

Let’s take a look and see what scripture has to say about this. More specifically, let’s continue looking at Titus 3…

While Romans 6 thoroughly answers the question of whether the doctrine of free grace will lead to increased sin, and while many other passages of scripture would address the topic as well, Titus 3 relates not only what God’s undeserved grace in salvation springs FROM (not from works of righteousness done by us), or what it will NOT lead to (a license to sin), it reveals what grace shown to sinners WILL do:

8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.

So… we have spent the last few weeks exploring the notion laid out in the preceding verses; namely, that salvation is a result of God’s sovereign mercy, and not a response to our works. HOWEVER, works are still required!

The difference is that good works, or works of righteousness, don’t lead to but are a result of God’s gracious activity of salvation in a believer’s life.

Scripture abounds in evidence for this:

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Just this small sampling of scripture reveals that God does expect us to be hard at work, if we have been saved. The difference is that we, as believers, no longer work in order to earn God’s favor, but as a direct result of having been recipients of his favor! This is a miracle! We have a new heart that longs to obey our redeemer! And I pray that each of us would take this exhortation to heart from Philippians 2:

12b work out your own salvation with fear and trembling


13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Works are a result of salvation, not a precursor to it, and they are all for the glory of God!


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