Titus 3:5

“Not 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;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Not by workes of righteousnesse which wee haue done, but according to his mercy he saued vs, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the holy Ghost,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

not by works `done' in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but in the measure of his mercy, he gave us salvation, through the washing of the new birth and the giving of new life in the Holy Spirit,
- Basic English Bible

not on the principle of works which [have been done] in righteousness which *we* had done, but according to his own mercy he saved us through [the] washing of regeneration and renewal of [the] Holy Spirit,
- Darby Bible

Not 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 Spirit;
- Webster's Bible

as righteous men, had done, but as the result of His own mercy He saved us by means of the bath of regeneration and the renewal of our natures by the Holy Spirit,
- Weymouth Bible

not by works of righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
- World English Bible

not of werkis of riytwisnesse that we diden, but bi his merci he made vs saaf, bi waischyng of ayen bigetyng, and ayen newyng of the Hooli Goost,
- Wycliffe Bible

(not by works that [are] in righteousness that we did but according to His kindness,) He did save us, through a bathing of regeneration, and a renewing of the Holy Spirit,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Titus 3:5


3:5 Not by works - In this important passage the apostle presents us with a delightful view of our redemption. Herein we have, The cause of it; not our works or righteousness, but the kindness and love of God our Saviour. The effects; which are, Justification; being justified, pardoned and accepted through the alone merits of Christ, not from any desert in us, but according to his own mercy, by his grace, his free, unmerited goodness. Sanctification, expressed by the laver of regeneration, (that is, baptism, the thing signified, as well as the outward sign,) and the renewal of the Holy Ghost; which purifies the soul, as water cleanses the body, and renews it in the whole image of God. The consummation of all; - that we might become heirs of eternal life, and live now in the joyful hope of it.


People's Bible Notes for Titus 3:5


Tit 3:5 He saved us. Not by our righteousness, but by his mercy. The means chosen by his mercy to place us in the state of salvation are next spoken of. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Two elements enter into the saving; these are referred to in John as the birth of water and of the Spirit (Joh 3:5). God's spirit effects the renewal of the spirit of man by bringing him to faith and repentance through the preaching of the gospel; thus the renewal of the Holy Spirit is begun, and the gift of the Holy Spirit is promised as a sequence of baptism (Ro 6:1-8) shows that the sinner dies to sin, is buried by baptism, rises to a new life, and is a new creature. "Washing to regeneration" is literally, "bath of regeneration". All commentators of reputation refer this to baptism, such as Meyer, Olshausen, Lange, Plumptree, Schaff, Canon Cook, Wesley, etc. Regeneration is due to the Holy Spirit, but baptism is an outward act that God requires to complete the fact. The term "regeneration" only occurs here and Mt 19:28.

Discussion for Titus 3

  • Redeemed
    Titus 3:1-7 Puts me in rememberance of how foolish I was and still can be, and how the Lord has been so compassionate and merciful to me, I can be compassionate and merciful to others. This is what we as followers of Christ need to be more of so that others can see Christ the light in a dark, lost world that our Saviour has created for his glory to be revealed in as we let our lights shine for him
  • Steve morrow
    TITUS 3:7 THAT BEING JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE WE SHOULD BE MADE HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE JOHN 6:68 THEN SIMON PETER ANSWERED HIM LORD TO WHOM SHALL WE GO --- THOU HAST THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE --- PROVERBS 8:35 FOR WHOSO FINDETH ME FINDETH LIFE AND SHALL OBTAIN FAVOR OF THE LORD
  • Steve morrow
    JAMES 3:5 NOT 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 SPIRIT *****WHICH HE SHED ON US ABUNDANTLY THROUGH---JESUS CHRIST---OUR SAVIOUR *****JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT--- I SPEAK--- UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE
  • Israel.L
    I love reading Titus. God bless you all.
  • Irene123
    To MPHATSO - the 'more' you need is - ACTS 2:37-38. If you need more than this - then you're out of luck.
    Acts chapter 2 is where the of Jesus Christ began; chapter 2 is the very 1st message preached in the church. All the books hat follow are to ALREADY established churches; they are instructions on what GOD (not man) expects of His people. There is an ORDER to God's word; it's not hit or miss.
  • Jim
    Yes we should have works in our lives as Christians,but we must be careful that our works are the result of the fruit of the Holy Spirit and not based on human effort. All of the striving in the world does not impress God.A Christian artist once wrote,"striving for perfection when the only perfect thing I had was weakness" Think about it! He is the source of fruit and Christian works! Trust Him!

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