Titus 2:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 2:14, NIV: "who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good."

Titus 2:14, ESV: "who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."

Titus 2:14, KJV: "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

Titus 2:14, NASB: "who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, eager for good deeds."

Titus 2:14, NLT: "He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds."

Titus 2:14, CSB: "He gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people for his own possession, eager to do good works."

What does Titus 2:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse continues to comment on the work of Jesus Christ, referring to Him as the One who sacrificed Himself on our behalf. This is a reference to the death Jesus on the cross, offering His life as a sacrifice for sin. The purpose of His sacrifice was in two parts, according to this verse. The first is to rescue believers from sin or lawlessness.

Second, the death of Jesus is able to cleanse—or purify—meaning to free from sin and its consequences. We are cleansed "for Himself," to serve God, not merely for personal fulfillment or improvement. Believers are "a people" or kingdom "for His own possession." As children of God, we are both family and citizens of a new kingdom. Because we have been freed from sin and its power, we have a zeal or passion to do good works. This reflects Ephesians 2:8–9, which speaks of salvation being by grace through faith apart from works. Ephesians 8:10 also states that we are created, by Jesus, for good works.