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. Titus 3:4-6 (EHV).
Let’s expand on that idea of “represent” Jesus anyway by adding a sentence. The kindness of God and the best of His Spirit He gives to us, pours out on us, through Jesus. Mind-blowing thought.
Perhaps these verses are yet another exposition of the three-in-one Godhead. You won’t find “trinity” anywhere in the Bible, but in verses like these, you’ll find mention of God, His Spirit, and His Son Jesus. They are all one and the same and He is in all Them. God the Father sent the Son to save humanity. God the Father and Son renewed us through His/Their Spirit, who was given through Jesus the Son, who sent Him (Holy Spirit). When you see One, you’re seeing the others. Pray to One and They all hear. Hear from One and They each said it even if One speaks separately. Confusing? Perhaps. But if you simply take it at face value, then it makes sense, because it’s our God of loving mystery.
Part of the reason it makes sense is because He gave us things with which to remember Him. Baptism, communion, worship, festivals and holidays: He doesn’t need those things but knew we would. God’s Spirit came to us to renew us. “But I don’t feel like I need to be renewed,” you might say. Oh yeah? Ever feel tired? Ever feel anxious? Ever get depressed, or overwhelmed, or nervous, our just plain upset? Ever felt like that but didn’t really know why? If you’ve felt those things, you need to be renewed.
When you sense that – and when you don’t – you need to have Him pour Himself out over us. I think of it like standing under a waterfall. Or maybe in a rainfall…or a thunderstorm. Sometimes I need the gentle spring rain; other times the summer downpour. Yet however I need Him, even when I don’t know how I need Him, He’s there, pouring His grace down on me like rain. Like cleansing, purifying, feeding, nurturing, forgiving rain. Like a stream of living water to freshen and renew. Like an ocean full of life, power, and adventure. Like a cleansing hot shower, coursing down over me, washing me clean again. He feels like pure water, poured gently from a crystal pitcher into a clean glass. Poured out. He empties Himself to fill up others.
For further reading: Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21, Mark 4:35-41, Mark 11:22-24, Acts 22:16, Romans 5:5, Romans 11:14, Ephesians 2:9, 1 Peter 1:3, Titus 3:7
Savior God in three and one, I praise You for being You. For all You give to me; for pouring Yourself out on us all.