We’ve been talking about exercise and about how I’m learning to use all the work-out machines at our university. I believe in truth in advertising, and it irks me just a little that the diagram they have on each of these machines is of a thin guy who could be at home watching soap operas and eating chocolates. He doesn’t need to work out.
I’d be much more motivated to use these machines if they had different pictures of real life Americans who obviously needed to exercise.
The TRICEPS EXTENSION is a machine that looks innocent, but could pull your arms right out of their sockets. Used properly this machine works on the muscles on the back of your arms, called triceps. I only found hair on the back of my arms. Still looking for my triceps.
My going to the gym to exercise my 64-year-old body and do the required number of “reps” isn’t the point of this blog, really. We’re interested in the little letter to Titus whose theme seems to be how to be SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY.
We looked at a few verses in chapter two and posed several questions.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 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. 15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
Here are my responses to those questions:
1. How does God’s grace offer salvation to all people (v. 11)? Perhaps Paul’s point is that God’s witness in creation (general revelation) shows all people everywhere their need of a Savior (see Romans 1).
2. What are some negatives that Christianity teaches those who follow Jesus ought to practice (v. 12)? We need to recognize ungodliness, and turn from it. We also need to identify and refuse “worldly passions,” as well.
3. How do we positively live for the Lord, according to verses 12 and 13? We positively live for the Lord by showing self-control, uprightness, and godliness. And we are to live that way in the NOW (= “in this present age”).
4. How does verse 13 show the DEITY of the Lord Jesus? We are waiting for ONE person to return — our God and Savior, Jesus Christ!
5. What kind of people is God seeking to produce (vv. 14-15)? God is in the business of producing purified people who are eager to do what is good. We are to be good-deed-doers in our culture.