Hallel Day 10 Eden’s Promise: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) When did the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appear (verse 4)?

2) What is the role of the Holy Spirit in a new believer’s life (verses 5-6)?

3) What is the inheritance of heirs (verse 7)?

Titus 3:4-7

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Original Intent

1) When did the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appear (verse 4)?
In both Genesis (Genesis 1:26 “us”) and John (John 1:1-4 “word”), we see Jesus as present at creation. God, in three parts, has existed from before time began and will continue to exist for all eternity; He is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:6). The Book of Isaiah alludes to when the long-awaited Messiah would one day come. God orchestrated all these pieces together and brought Jesus to earth in the form of a babe at the perfect moment in history to fulfill these prophesies. (Romans 5:6) As Jesus is born, God stepped from heaven to earth to live among His people, teach them of God, and ultimately, to sacrifice Himself for them.

2) What is the role of the Holy Spirit in a new believer’s life (verses 5-6)?
Paul is writing the book of Titus to provide church leaders with some parameters to work within. He also lays out doctrine for the church to be founded upon. Paul reiterates the idea that we cannot save ourselves, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit to open our hearts in response to hearing the Good News of the Gospel. He highlights too, that the Holy Spirit is the one in charge of bringing change in our lives after deciding to follow Christ. Specifically in these verses, Paul speaks of the Spirit’s role in our salvation, which is the aspect of heart “renewal”. When we surrender our hearts to Christ’s lordship, He transfers us from the Kingdom of Darkness (ruled by sin) to the Kingdom of Light (ruled by love). Our old “self” had now become dead to sin, meaning the chains have been released and we no longer are tied down to a lifestyle of sin. We are now free to follow Jesus and love others! The Spirit’s role is this renewal of our hearts, bringing us from death to life and teaching us how to follow Jesus in this new life of love.

3) What is the inheritance of heirs (verse 7)?
Paul was reminding the church leaders of the basics of the Gospel, the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, and the reward in heaven waiting for them at the end of their time on earth. He calls believers “heirs” because we will one day inherit eternal life. In Romans 8:16-17, Paul goes one step deeper and refers to us as co-heirs with Christ because what God the Father has given to Christ is now accessible to us as Christians as well! Incredible! Through the gift of new life, Paul reminded the Church of their coming inheritance of eternal life. Though they would struggle here on earth to follow Jesus perfectly, even with the gift of the Holy Spirit indwelling them, they would one day be free entirely and be given the full inheritance of eternal life with Christ where sin will no longer be a temptation!

Everyday Application

1) When did the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appear (verse 4)?
Since we live after Jesus came and radically changed the world, our lives can be so different from the Israelites of the Old Testament. They were waiting for the Messiah to come, to provide a perfect sacrifice and to make an atonement for sins. Sister, we have access to all that freedom and forgiveness today! If you have been moved from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light, what is your next step in your journey with the Lord? If you haven’t yet decided to follow Jesus with 100% of your being, what is holding you back? Comment below or email us at prayer@gracefullytruthful.com with how we can pray for you today!

2) What is the role of the Holy Spirit in a new believer’s life (verses 5-6)?
Isn’t it a relief to hear that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring heart change after we commit to following Jesus?! There is no room for the idea “I’ll just pull myself together and clean up my act to be good enough before God” in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Holy Spirit gently prompts us to confess sin, to make attitude adjustments, or to be bold in sharing the Gospel, but we have a choice to listen or squelch the voice of the Spirit. Paul warns against squelching the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19); it would be wise for us to stop and take note also. Am I hearing from the Holy Spirit? If so, am I willing to be obedient? If I’m not hearing from Him, is it possible I’m squelching His voice? Where can I give room to listen?

3) What is the inheritance of heirs (verse 7)?
The reward of eternal life seems far off and disconnected from our day to day lives. However, when we view our trials, suffering, and hardship through the lens of the coming reward of Heaven as an inheritance, the load becomes easier to bear. We have hope. Living Hope (1 Peter 1:3)! This world is not the end. Some day soon, all the chaos, the viruses, the political turmoil, and the familial breakdown will all come to an end and be restored to perfection for those who have fully trusted Christ as their Savior. Knowing that if we have Christ, we are heirs to eternity with Him in Heaven, we can bear to live when we would rather drown. We can share Christ with joy because we want our loved ones and those who don’t yet know, to join us in gaining this forever inheritance. Keep this eternal hope set at the front of your mind this week and rest in His Hope!

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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