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Back to Basics (A Study of Titus 2): Part 7

09 Aug

In examining the Apostle Paul’s Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.15.29 AMparagraph on the Christian life found in Titus 2, we saw the following:

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.

Thus far in our study of Titus 2 we have seen that God’s grace not only brings salvation, but it teaches us how to live.

Negatively, God’s grace instructs us to deny ungodliness and worldly passions.  Positively, we saw that it teaches us to live soberly and upright.

But Paul uses a third adverb to describe how we are to live and that adverb is GODLY.  We are to live godly lives in this present age.

"Your Christianity must be personal -- but it dare not be PRIVATE!" (Carl Henry)

“Your Christianity must be personal — but it dare not be PRIVATE!” (Carl Henry)

The word εὐσεβῶς is used only twice in the New Testament.  In 2 Timothy 3:12 we read, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted . . .”  Paul has just rehearsed his life and ministry in 2 Timothy 3 as well as the persecutions and sufferings he has had to endure.  He then says, “Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them” (v. 11).  Want to be godly?  Then count on persecutions!

The word εὐσεβῶς can also be translated “inward piety.”  That’s precisely what our world wants from us — inward piety!  It’s when our piety — our godliness — gets externalized that we get into trouble. (to be continued)

 

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Titus 2

 

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2 responses to “Back to Basics (A Study of Titus 2): Part 7

  1. mcbar02

    August 9, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I like Jerry Bridges’ definition of “godliness”–living with a high consciousness of the presence of God (or something like that). I.e. we live godly lives when we are constantly conscious of God in our lives. Paul always seemed to be conscious of God in his life.

     
  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    August 10, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Thanks, Mike, for your insight. Free copy of “Saved!” (if you want it). Blessings. Larry

     

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