Excellent and profitable
Titus 3:8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things,
The New Testament church was living during the time when the New Testament was being written. While that seems like an obvious statement, we need to remember that when Paul wrote this letter to Titus, the amount of Scripture available to believers was significantly less that what is available to us.
If an actual parchment copy was available, then the Cretan believers would have had the Old Testament, and perhaps a few of Paul’s early letters. That’s it. So the first century church developed Creeds, or statements that could be memorized, which explained their faith in Jesus and encouraged the believers to live out their faith before others. These Creeds needed to be dependable and worthy of confidence, short enough to memorize, and pity enough to communicate truth. The section we have been looking at contains one of those statements.
Titus 3:3-7 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
While it might seem impossible to memorize this much of Scripture all at once…when we’re honest with ourselves, we know many songs longer than these verses, and we know the songs word-for-word as soon as we hear the first three chords.
Memorizing these five verses helped the first century believers stay on track with their relationships with God and with those around them. If we take the time and put in a little effort, they can be the same life-giving reminder to us as well.
But you don’t have to take my word for it, take a look at what Paul told Titus about this Creed:
Titus 3:8 And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Strive to have everything we do be something both excellent and profitable. Committing God’s truth to memory will definitely do that. You’ll be surprised at how easy it really is to memorize Scripture, and you’ll be even more amazed at the impact it will have on your life.