In these posts, we’ve been focusing on two things: (1) The first area: My efforts at “returning to the gym,” “doing some reps,” and getting in better shape. So, I’ve been talking about some of the exercise machines that I’ve been using at our university’s facility. (2) The second area we been thinking about is our study in the little letter of Paul to Titus, on the issue of SPIRITUAL HEALTH.
The LAT PULL DOWN is a machine that has you stand on your tippy-toes (real body-builders don’t use the expression “tippy-toes,” but I know my place) and grab two handles and then you pull down, using your lat muscles. This one I can set at 120 pounds, causing all the other exercisers around me to gasp, “He’s 64! And he’s pulling down almost twice his age on the LAT machine!” (usually I’m the only one in the gym at 6:30 AM, but I can imagine what some might say, if they, the slackers, were there).
I’m no expert on muscle “groups,” but I’ve found my lat muscles. I don’t think my muscles like to group together or hang out together or be seen together. But I can simply follow the pain in the back of my shoulders and I’ve located my lat muscle(s).
Let’s look at our next section in chapter two and list a few questions to think about –
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.
These are my all-time favorite verses in Titus, perhaps in the whole Bible. I see a lot here, but a couple of questions for us to think about:
1. How does God’s grace offer salvation to all people (v. 11)?
3. How do we positively live for the Lord, according to verses 12 and 13?
4. How does verse 13 show the DEITY of the Lord Jesus?
5. What kind of people is God seeking to produce (vv. 14-15)?