Titus 3:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 3:4, NIV: "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,"

Titus 3:4, ESV: "But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,"

Titus 3:4, KJV: "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,"

Titus 3:4, NASB: "But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,"

Titus 3:4, NLT: "But--'When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,"

Titus 3:4, CSB: "But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared,"

What does Titus 3:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The previous verses describe proper Christian behaviors. These are contrasted with pre-salvation ways of sinful living. Verse 4 explains the origin of the change from immoral living to a changed life: God Himself. Specifically, change is brought on by the kindness and love of God, our Savior. God alone is the reason for the changed life of a believer, not our efforts (Ephesians 2:8–9).

According to verse 3, God's goodness and loving kindness "appeared." This isn't likely to mean the coming of Christ, though some interpret it this way. More likely, it is a reference to the time a person believes in Jesus by faith and is saved. This is the moment when God's goodness and loving kindness "appear" in our life.

Verses 4–7 are frequently arranged as poetry in most edited Greek texts. This statement includes all three persons of the Trinity. It concludes in verse 7 with a three-part focus on grace, being inheritors, and eternal life. Verse 8 refers back to this block of Scripture, calling it "trustworthy."