Zealous for Good Deeds

Our God is a saving God. This may be contrary to the popular notion that in the OT God enjoyed killing people. Judgment is always the last resort for God. He would much rather be the Savior. That’s where His heart is. God’s primary work is not judgment, condemnation, and vengeance – it is salvation. Today, we’re going to focus on Titus 2.11-14. And, very closely on 2.14. What do we learn here?

I. 2.14a – WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM THE POSSESSION OF SIN.

  1. You have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred you into the kingdom of His beloved Son, Colossians 1.13.
  2. How did that happen? Jesus gave Himself in our place. Mark 10.45.
  3. 14b – you have been redeemed.
    1. Redeem means to “release on receipt of payment.” It is a legal term.
    2. 1 Peter 1.18 – the redemption price was the blood of Jesus.
  4. 14c – look at from what you have been bought. From all lawlessness.
  5. 14d – You are now God’s possession. You are God’s “treasure.”
  6. The next part of 2.14 tells us why He has done this.

II. 2.14e – ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS.

  1. Zealousness is a passion for God. It is a burning desire to please God. See Deuteronomy 26.18-19.
  2. Ephesians 2.8-10. Why have we been saved to do good works?
    1. To demonstrate His power to save. Remember, God is a saving God!
    2. 1 Peter 2.12; Matthew 5.48; Titus 2.10 – we adorn the doctrine of God our savior in every respect.

CONCLUSION:

  1. Remember…Day by day, we have a tremendous responsibility.
    1. We have a high calling – a great privilege.
    2. We’ve been left in this world to be a people zealous for good deeds who adorn the doctrine of Christ in every respect.
  2. We don’t always do as we should. How are you doing in this regard?
  3. Not a Christian? God wants to save you from your sin. He is a saving God. Believe on Him today!

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