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Salvation doesn’t just rescue us from Hell, it transforms us on the INSIDE

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Read Titus 2:11-14

I can remember the moment it happened to me. After years of being around church and hearing the story of Jesus, I finally met him. It was an experience like no other. Esoteric and spiritual, but there was a very real and concrete change that happened in my life. It was the same change the blind man and Zacchaeus experienced.

Two phrases in this passage of Scripture stand out to me. “Your faith has made you well” and “salvation has come to your house.” ‘Healed’ and ‘saved’ are the same Greek word. The word ‘saved’ is a loaded word in our culture. It harkens to images of revivals and televangelists. Sometimes, the stereotype in our mind carries with it the idea of an angry person shouting and beckoning people to avoid the torments of hell by trusting in Jesus. However, when the Scriptures use the word ‘saved,’ they mean a holistic healing, a restoration, or a redemption. It was something that both the blind man and Zacchaeus experienced because of their faith in Jesus.

When the Apostle Paul writes to Titus, a church leader in Crete, he explains the multifaceted beauty of the salvation God brings. He writes, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14). Salvation is birthed in God’s grace. Salvation trains us to walk with Jesus. Salvation plants hope within us. Salvation redeems us and forms us into the people of God. Salvation doesn’t just rescue us from Hell, it transforms us on the inside.

Jesus wants to save – it’s why he walked the earth, and it’s why he still does it today. However, his salvation isn’t just a token handout or cheap grace. It’s costly love. To save, Jesus gives his very life. It’s his costly love that saves us – and it’s that same love that transforms us.

Reflection and Response

How have you seen the transforming work of God in the lives of people around you? How have you see transformation in your own life? Write out a prayer of gratitute for the transformative salvation you can see.

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By Ryan Paulson 

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