3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us… (Titus 3:3-5a)
THE NEED OF SALVATION
The lie that people tell all the time is “People are basically good.” Now, it’s true that humans can and often do good deeds. We love others, care for downtrodden, give our time and talents, and so on. I certainly won’t argue against that.
But the source of those good deeds is not because we are basically good at heart. It’s because we are made in the image of God and, despite that image being broken by sin, we do sometimes reflect God’s goodness in our lives. It’s like a broken mirror which still reflects your image, but not perfectly.
The Bible paints a dramatically different picture of humans. We aren’t basically good—we’re basically bad. The Bible says that we are all sinners and that—
10 …There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Romans 3:10–12)
Here in Titus 3, we have a more detailed picture of the sinfulness of mankind. It’s so detailed, that we are tempted to say, “I’ve never been like that!” But, as we’ll see, if you examine your heart closely, you’ll see that it’s true of even good ol’ you. Continue reading