This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Once saved always saved? Is that what the bible teaches?
The scriptures teach we must maintain that saving grace. Titus 3:8 says this is a faithful saying. So what is the “This” referred to here?
Looking back to the beginning of Titus 3, Christians are reminded to be in subjection to those that rule over them and to be ready for every “good” work. They are reminded that after Jesus our Saviour came to earth, if they followed and obeyed Him, they would be saved. Not because of any deeds they committed but because Jesus died for us, and cleanses those who obey, renewing them with the Holy Spirit.
Then in verse 8 we are reminded if we maintain and remain in this saved obedient condition we could have eternal everlasting life.
This is what is good and profitable.
Mark 8:36 reminds us: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
We then should ask how can I gain my soul?
Mark 8:34 & 35 spells it out:
And when he (Jesus) had called the people unto him (Jesus) with his (Jesus’) disciples also, he (Jesus) said unto them, Whosoever will come after me (Jesus), let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Jesus). For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my (Jesus’) sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
And this would only bring us back eventually to following the Saviour as Titus 3 instructs, in maintaining good obedient works that only He (JESUS) authorizes.