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The Apostle Paul's "Will"

Ever notice the wording the Apostle Paul uses in Titus 3:8?  He declares, These things I will that thou affirm constantly.  It is Paul's "I will...."  Normally, we turn to 2 Timothy 4:6 when we think of Paul's last moments: For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day....  The date given for Paul's writing of 2nd Timothy is 66 A.D.  The date for Titus is 65 A.D.  Remember, we write out a will before we die.  Before Paul's departure to be with the Lord, the Apostle willed that we constantly affirm the following: that we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another: but after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not be works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:3-7).

This is a faithful saying, faithful to Moses and to all of the prophets.  We all were sinners.  And "after that" the kindness and love of God appeared.  Christ died while we were yet sinners.  Jesus saves sinners.  He will have mercy on you, according to the hope of eternal life, which is in Jesus Christ.  This hope is the gospel: that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and three days later, arose from the dead!  He did this "according to scripture": he fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies and promises.  Christ shed his blood on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins that the Father could shed the Holy Spirit on us abundantly, through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.  

Receive the grace of God.  Let him save you by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.  God is calling.  Any man who thirsts can come and take of the water of life freely.  That water is his word.  Receive his promise: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:17-18).  Believe in the name of Christ today, and confess him as your Saviour before men!  

Earlier Event: August 13
Redemption Baptist Church
Later Event: August 20
Calvary Hill Baptist Church