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4But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5Not by 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; 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
4 Pero cuando se manifestó la bondad de Dios nuestro Salvador, y su amor hacia la humanidad, 5 El nos salvó, no por obras de justicia que nosotros hubiéramos hecho, sino conforme a su misericordia, por medio del lavamiento de la regeneración y la renovación por el Espíritu Santo, 6 que El derramó sobre nosotros abundantemente por medio de Jesucristo nuestro Salvador, 7 para que justificados por su gracia fuésemos hechos herederos según la esperanza de la vida eterna. 8 Palabra fiel es ésta , y en cuanto a estas cosas quiero que hables con firmeza, para que los que han creído en Dios procuren ocuparse en buenas obras. Estas cosas son buenas y útiles para los hombres.
These words speak so much about how we need to act after our renewal in Christ. No, we were not saved because of good, but because of grace. God gives us the mind to do good though and we dare not fall back into old ways. We are brand new, don’t let anyone tell you any different.
For if they who are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect
Porque si los que son de la ley son herederos, vana resulta la fe y anulada la promesa
Essentially, this scripture says that if we have to follow every tittle and slash of the law, like a list, God would have been a liar. God doesn’t lie. Grace is our only hope. None of us can follow the law. We are all headed to a eternal fire unless we do one thing. What is that? Follow the 5th commandment? Maybe the 8th? Nope, we just accept the free gift; we reach out our hands and our hearts and take the free gift that our Father gives us in His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus hung on a cross for hours; he was beaten and bloody; trampled and scorned. Most importantly, 3 days later, He arose from the grave and showed us we too can arise from the grave. Eternity will be paradise if we just accept God’s very special gift to us; the gift of grace through Jesus Christ our Lord.