Titus 3:4-8 – Baptism Rebirth, and Renewal


Titus 3:4-8


Salvation is a gift from God, not the result of one’s own works of righteousness. It comes through water and the Spirit. Through these means, God renews life now and offers the hope of eternal life to come.


In the midst of writing about the conduct of Christians within a world of bad behavior, the writer speaks of God’s saving work. Salvation is not the result of anyone’s inherent goodness or external good works. Salvation is God’s gift. Mention of water or washing and the Spirit refers to baptism. The language of inheritance implies membership in a new household and family.

“The saying is sure” or “this saying is sure” appears in the New Testament only in the Pastoral Epistles, and all three of them employ it (see also 1 Timothy 1:15, 3:1, 4:9; 2 Timothy 2:11).