God “saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercyMercy is a term used to describe leniency or compassion. God's mercy is frequently referred to or invoked in both the Old and New Testaments. More, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the HolyHoly is a term that originally meant set apart for the worship or service of God. While the term may refer to people, objects, time, or places, holiness in Judaism and Christianity primarily denotes the realm of the divine More Spirit” (RSV).
In the midst of writing about the conduct of Christians within a world of bad behavior, the writer speaks of God’s saving work. SalvationSalvation can mean saved from something (deliverance) or for something (redemption). Paul preached that salvation comes through the death of Christ on the cross which redeemed sinners from death and for a grace-filled life. More is not the result of anyone’s inherent goodness; it is the work of God. The person who is baptized is reborn and renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit.