Is your moral, spiritual vision 20/20?

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit… Titus 3-5 NKJV.  titus-3-5-he-saved-us-by-his-mercy-cream_431646682

Renewing, anakainosis; Strong’s # 342. This word combines ana, “again, “and kainos, “new.” The word speaks of a renovation, restoration, transformation, and a change of heart and daily life. In Romans 12:2, it indicates a complete change for the better, an adjustment of one’s moral and spiritual vision. We as born-again Christians to the degree that we allow the person of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us are restored to the same fullness of fellowship with our Lord as Adam and Eve enjoyed in the garden before the fall.

In our text emphasis is placed on the entire process our Father has planned for us as the author and finisher of our salvation. It is not a shotgun experience, where we get everything in one blast, but rather a crock-pot experience where we are slowly transformed into something of great value.

His mercy (eleos # 1656) the special and immediate regard to the misery which is the consequence of sins. Man needs God’s grace and is capable of receiving it. In God’s mind and in the order of our salvation as conceived therein, God’s mercy, His benevolent pity for the misery brought about by our sin, His pitying love, precedes His saving grace and continues to be actively demonstrated after the work of His saving grace.

There may be certain consequences of our past sinfulness which grace may not eliminate. For, these we need God’s mercifulness. In John 3:16 God loved in mercy and gave in grace, but God’s manifestation of grace goes before His mercy. It is always mercy that we find in the Apostolic Salutations for as we experience guilt for our sin and receive God’s grace, we also need mercy to alleviate the consequences of our sins which may remain unaffected by grace.

The guilt and power of sin must be removed through God’s grace before the alleviation of the misery of sin can be experienced. The believer is to exercise mercifulness, for he can feel compassion for the misery of sin upon others, but he has no power to exercise grace since that is exclusively God’s work.

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