But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,
he saved us,
not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Because of his grace he declared us righteous
and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”