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Godly Communion

Let us not get tired of remembering “our Savior.”

Habakkuk said, “yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (3:18). And now that we’ve moved into one of the pastoral epistles, I’m glad to point out that Paul uses “our Savior” nine times (five in Titus) in what add up to 13 chapters. (Jude is the only other one to use the exact phrase in the NT, verse 25).

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 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, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3–7 ESV)

As in Titus 1:3 and 4, both God–Father and Jesus Christ are called “our Savior.”

And of course we ask, “Savior from what?” The answer is sin. We know it required the sacrifice of God’ Son. But especially as we come to the Lord’s Table we remember and rejoice in the Redeemer, the one who reconciled us to God.

How do the godly observe communion? They are humbled by their eternal election, they are humbled at the cost Christ paid, and then they get after high praises of God in their throats (see Psalm 149:6).