Titus 3:7
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New International Version
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

New Living Translation
Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life."

English Standard Version
so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Berean Study Bible
so that, having been justified by His grace, we would become heirs with the hope of eternal life.

Berean Literal Bible
so that, having been justified by that grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

New American Standard Bible
so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

King James Bible
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that, having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.

International Standard Version
And so, made heirs by his own grace, eternal life we now embrace.

NET Bible
And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life."

New Heart English Bible
that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That we would be made right by his grace and we would be heirs by the hope in eternal life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a result, God in his kindness has given us his approval and we have become heirs who have the confidence that we have everlasting life.

New American Standard 1977
that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

King James 2000 Bible
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

American King James Version
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

American Standard Version
that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That, being justified by his grace, we may be heirs, according to hope of life everlasting.

Darby Bible Translation
that, having been justified by his grace, we should become heirs according to [the] hope of eternal life.

English Revised Version
that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Webster's Bible Translation
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Weymouth New Testament
in order that having been declared righteous through His grace we might become heirs to the Life of the Ages in fulfilment of our hopes.

World English Bible
that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Young's Literal Translation
that having been declared righteous by His grace, heirs we may become according to the hope of life age-during.
Study Bible
God's Mercy to Us
6This is the Spirit He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by His grace, we would become heirs with the hope of eternal life. 8This saying is trustworthy. And I want you to emphasize these things, so that those who have believed God will take care to devote themselves to good deeds. These things are excellent and profitable for the people.…
Cross References
Matthew 25:34
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Mark 10:17
As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up and knelt before Him. "Good Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Romans 8:17
And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ--if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Romans 8:24
For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see?

2 Thessalonians 2:16
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who by grace has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope,

Titus 1:2
in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.

Hebrews 1:14
Are not the angels ministering spirits, sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Treasury of Scripture

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

being.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Romans 3:24,28 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is …

Romans 4:4,16 Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt…

Romans 5:1,2,15-21 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is …

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, …

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but …

made.

Romans 8:17,23,24 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; …

Galatians 3:29 And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according …

Galatians 4:7 Why you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir …

Hebrews 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise …

Hebrews 11:7,9 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving …

hope. See on ch.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

(7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.--Here appears the glorious design of God's salvation. We were in a hopeless and lost state, from which God's love for man saved us by the laver of regeneration and renovation; and this was the end for which He saved us--that we should be heirs of eternal life. "Being justified," that is, freed from the future punishment and consequences of sin, and received into the favour and friendship of God, which favour and friendship had been, through sin, forfeited. "By His grace," by the favour and kindness of God the Father are we restored to His love and friendship. "Heirs," see Romans 8:17, where this thought of our heirship of heaven is enlarged. "According to the hope of eternal life;" this life eternal is still for us in the future, though ever present in respect of hope; children of God we indeed are, and sharers in many a good gift of our Father, but eternal life, that glorious inheritance, is still in the far future, and as yet can only be enjoyed by us in hope, but it is a sure hope--eternal life--the hope of which is the mainspring of all Christian work and activity--though it includes it, of course, is something far more than merely endless existence. A veil, impenetrable to mortal eye, hangs between us and the many mansions of the Father's house. "It doth not yet appear what we shall be;" we only know that then, we, in company with an innumerable host of blessed beings, shall share in the beatific vision; we only know that then "we shall ever be with the Lord;" and that with this thought and with these words are we to comfort one another. (See 1Thessalonians 4:17-18.)

Verse 7. - Might for should, A.V. Being justified by his grace; showing very clearly that righteousness in man did not precede and cause the saving mercy of God, but that mercy went before and provided the justification which is altogether of grace, and which issues in the possession of eternal life. Heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This seems to be the right rendering rather than that in the margin, heirs, according to hope, of eternal life, making "eternal life" depend upon "heirs." The passage in Titus 1:2, "In hope of eternal life," is a very strong reason for taking the same construction here. The answer in the Church Catechism, "Wherein I was made a member of Christ, a child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven," follows very closely St. Paul's teaching in the text (see Romans 4:13, 14; Romans 8:17; Galatians 3:29, 4:7). That being justified by his grace,.... This is another way and means, as well as regeneration, by which God saves his people; for he saves no unjustified ones; no unrighteous persons shall inherit the kingdom of heaven; such as are without the wedding garment, and robe of Christ's righteousness, shall be cast into outer darkness: whom God saves, he justifies by the righteousness of his Son; and whomsoever he justifies, them he saves. The justification here spoken of is a declarative one, which takes place in regeneration; and which that is in order to, as here expressed, "that being justified": regeneration does not justify any, but makes the justified to appear to be such; justification is an act of God's gracious will conceived in his mind from eternity, by which he wills not to impute sin to his people, but to Christ their surety; and that they should be accounted righteous through the righteousness of his Son; in which act of his will the whole essence of justification in his sight lies: this was pronounced on Christ, as their head and representative at his resurrection, when he, as such, was justified, acquitted, and discharged, and they in him; and this is declared in the conscience of a sinner, by the Spirit of God, at his regeneration, when he passes from death to life; and this declaration is here intended, and which is the same with justification by faith; and is here said to be by the grace of God, as justification in every view is, and stands opposed to works of righteousness done by men, by which no man can be justified in the sight of God; in what sense justification is by the free grace of God; see Gill on Romans 3:24.

We should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life; or "according to hope we should be made heirs of eternal life". Eternal life is an inheritance, and so is not acquired by labour and industry, nor purchased, but is a free gift; it is a bequest of God the Father to his children, of his own free good will and pleasure; and it belongs only to children; they only are heirs, and they become such by adopting grace; neither regeneration, nor justification, make them the children of God, and heirs of the grace of life, but make them appear to be so: God, by his gracious act of adoption puts them among the children, and gives them the goodly heritage; and this adoption lies in eternal predestination in Christ, in whom the inheritance is obtained on that account, Ephesians 1:5. Regeneration shows them to be the adopted ones, and gives them the nature of children, and a meetness for the inheritance; and justification gives them a right unto it, upon the foot of justice, and opens a way for their enjoyment of it, consistent with the justice and holiness of God; see Galatians 4:4, wherefore such as are washed with the washing of regeneration, and are renewed in the spirit of their minds, and justified by the grace of God; these are manifestly heirs of eternal life, of salvation, of a kingdom and glory, of all things, even of God himself, who is their portion, and exceeding great reward; and such in regeneration are begotten to a lively hope of it, and by this they are saved, Romans 8:24. And thus the apostle makes regeneration by the free mercy of God, and justification by his grace, and special adoption, and heirship, with a good hope through grace, the way and means in which God saves his people, who were like others by nature, and brings them to the enjoyment of eternal happiness. 7. That, etc.—the purpose which He aimed at in having "saved us" (Tit 3:5), namely, "That being (having been) justified (accounted righteous through faith at our 'regeneration,' and made righteous by the daily 'renewing of the Holy Ghost') by His grace (as opposed to works, Tit 3:5) we should be made heirs."

his grace—Greek, "the grace of the former," that is, God (Tit 3:4; Ro 5:15).

heirs—(Ga 3:29).

according to the hope of eternal life—Tit 1:2, and also the position of the Greek words, confirm English Version, that is, agreeably to the hope of eternal life; the eternal inheritance fully satisfying the hope. Bengel and Ellicott explain it, "heirs of eternal life, in the way of hope," that is, not yet in actual possession. Such a blessed hope, which once was not possessed, will lead a Christian to practice holiness and meekness toward others, the lesson especially needed by the Cretans.3:1-7 Spiritual privileges do not make void or weaken, but confirm civil duties. Mere good words and good meanings are not enough without good works. They were not to be quarrelsome, but to show meekness on all occasions, not toward friends only, but to all men, though with wisdom, Jas 3:13. And let this text teach us how wrong it is for a Christian to be churlish to the worst, weakest, and most abject. The servants of sin have many masters, their lusts hurry them different ways; pride commands one thing, covetousness another. Thus they are hateful, deserving to be hated. It is the misery of sinners, that they hate one another; and it is the duty and happiness of saints to love one another. And we are delivered out of our miserable condition, only by the mercy and free grace of God, the merit and sufferings of Christ, and the working of his Spirit. God the Father is God our Saviour. He is the fountain from which the Holy Spirit flows, to teach, regenerate, and save his fallen creatures; and this blessing comes to mankind through Christ. The spring and rise of it, is the kindness and love of God to man. Love and grace have, through the Spirit, great power to change and turn the heart to God. Works must be in the saved, but are not among the causes of their salvation. A new principle of grace and holiness is wrought, which sways, and governs, and makes the man a new creature. Most pretend they would have heaven at last, yet they care not for holiness now; they would have the end without the beginning. Here is the outward sign and seal thereof in baptism, called therefore the washing of regeneration. The work is inward and spiritual; this is outwardly signified and sealed in this ordinance. Slight not this outward sign and seal; yet rest not in the outward washing, but look to the answer of a good conscience, without which the outward washing will avail nothing. The worker therein is the Spirit of God; it is the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Through him we mortify sin, perform duty, walk in God's ways; all the working of the Divine life in us, and the fruits of righteousness without, are through this blessed and holy Spirit. The Spirit and his saving gifts and graces, come through Christ, as a Saviour, whose undertaking and work are to bring to grace and glory. Justification, in the gospel sense, is the free forgiveness of a sinner; accepting him as righteous through the righteousness of Christ received by faith. God, in justifying a sinner in the way of the gospel, is gracious to him, yet just to himself and his law. As forgiveness is through a perfect righteousness, and satisfaction is made to justice by Christ, it cannot be merited by the sinner himself. Eternal life is set before us in the promise; the Spirit works faith in us, and hope of that life; faith and hope bring it near, and fill with joy in expectation of it.
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