But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:4-5
OK, at first glance, I thought this week’s scripture might be a piece of cake with just a few thoughts on how we are saved by God’s mercy, not our works. However, after I read these two verses they tumbled in my head like clean clothes in a dryer. I kept getting caught up on these four little words, “by the washing of regeneration.” I have no doubt, if I had been reading more than just these two scriptures, I would have passed over them and kept on trucking through. Thankfully, that’s what this year is all about. Slowing down and spotlighting verses so I can dig deeper into the true meaning and context. So, let’s dig into this washing of regeneration.
Regeneration is a spiritual renewal, revival or a renewal or restoration of a body. The cross referencing scripture is John 3:5.
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5
Stick with me because this is so cool! In this verse, the water that Jesus is referring to is the Word of God (the Bible). So, Jesus is actually telling us that the Bible (God’s Word) washes us. We are washed and cleansed when we open and read the word of God. This God breathed scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17) is the washing of our spirits so we are regenerated into new people through Christ. People who aren’t perfect, but are saved. People who are dirty, but cleansed through Christ. People who sin, but are forgiven through repentance. People who fight the flesh but trust God is stronger than the flesh will ever be. People who get knocked down, but get back up again with God’s strength. We, the people of God who are cleansed and washed through His written Word.
What an image. We are more than covered, we are washed clean. One of my greatest passions is encouraging women to dig into the Word of God so they know and trust the promises of our Heavenly Father for themselves. So His love and truth seeps into their hearts and takes up permanent residence. But the revelations from Titus 3:4-5 this week have taken that passion to an even deeper level.
May God continue to reveal Himself to you in new ways as you read His Word and the truth of His love and mercy penetrate your hearts.