Zealous for Good Works Titus 2:14
Introduction • We seek salvation through Christ, but we should also consider what He wants us to do with the life that He gives us. • Our culture believes that God should serve us and accomplish our will. • Paul reminds us in Titus 2:14 that we were purchased to serve Him through good works. • Let us consider how we can fulfill the purpose for which we have been purchased.
His Own Special People • God had a purpose for sending His Son: • Eph. 2:10: we are His workmanship, created for good works. • 2 Cor. 9:8: God’s grace makes us sufficient for every good work. • 2 Tim. 2:21: Cleans from sin in order to be prepared for every good work. • Titus 3:8: True faith in God maintains good works
His Own Special People • God had a purpose for sending His Son • Good works are the result of righteousness: • While sin remained, our works could not be accepted by God. • But Jesus purifies us, making us acceptable. • If we are cleansed by the blood of Christ, then our life’s purpose is to bear fruit for God (Rom. 6:22).
What Are Good Works? • Good works are not defined by the world. • We do not decide which works are good. • Eph. 2:10: They were defined by God before creation. • Heb. 13:20-21: Biblical definition for “good work” is “will of God”. • 2 Tim. 3:16-17: Scriptures equip us for every good work. • Col. 1:9-10: Only fruitful when we seek knowledge.
What Are Good Work? • Good works are not defined by the world. • They are defined in the Bible • Consist of both spiritual and physical works • Heb. 13:15: Fruit of lips, and to share • Gal. 5:22-23: Fruit of the Spirit • Phil. 4:16: Supporting the gospel • 2 Cor. 9:1: Ministering to needs of the saints • Gal. 6:10: Every opportunity to do good • Titus 3:14: Meet every urgent need
Essential Nature of Good Works • Not worldly religion: • “Religion” = outward expression of piety. • Religion of some consists of traditions and rituals. • James 1:26-27: True religion consists of helping those in need (such as widows and orphans). • Such religion is individual, to be done in daily life. • Heb. 10:24-25: When we come together we gain knowledge and motivation for good works. • If we do not work in daily lives, collective worship is useless.
Essential Nature of Good Works • Not worldly religion • Jesus emphasized bearing fruit: • Matt. 5:13: Tasteless salt good for nothing. • Matt. 5:14-16: Light not for hiding. • Matt. 7:19: Trees must bear fruit. • Mark 4:19: Unfruitful seed is choked by cares. • Luke 12:22ff: No fruit to God, no life with Him.
Essential Nature of Good Works • Not worldly religion • Jesus emphasized bearing fruit • The Vine and the Branches (John 15:1-8): • Branches are part of the vine for the purpose of bearing fruit. • If branches do not bear fruit, worthless to the Vine; we will be cut off. • But if we bear fruit our fruit is precious in the sight of God.
Conclusion • For many, we need to rethink our purpose as Christians. • We were purchased so that we may fill our lives with good works and bear fruit for God in righteousness. • Titus 3:14: “And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.” • Are you willing to learn?