Let’s continue our study of the Christian life as we look at Titus 2:
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.
God’s SAVING grace is also a TEACHING grace (vv. 11-12). As a WAITING grace (v. 13), it helps us wait for Jesus to return for us. We’ve also seen that Christ gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness (v. 14).
We learn today that He not only gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness, but He also gave Himself for us to purify for Himself (καθαρίσῃ ἑαυτῷ) a people that are His very own (v. 14). A holy God deserves a pure people. He did not give Himself just to redeem; He gave Himself to purify! A merely redeemed people is NOT what He wants. He wants a purified people!
Do we already think that we are pure? This term καθαρίσῃ is used in this form twice in the New Testament. The term is used here in Titus 2:14 but also in I John 1:9 where we read, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” The Savior not only FORGIVES; He also PURIFIES.
Other forms of this word καθαρίσῃ are used 31 times in the New Testament. The verb καθαρίζω can be translated as “to make clean, to cleanse” (from physical stains or dirt, Mt. 23:25; for cleansing of a leper, Mt. 8:2; or to remove by cleansing, Mt. 8:3). In a moral sense, the word καθαρίζω can mean “to free from the defilement of sin and from faults; to purify from wickedness” (2 Cor. 7:1; Acts 15:9). It can also refer to the idea of freeing from the guilt of sin (I Jn. 1:7, 9; Heb. 9:14; Eph. 5:26).
Has it dawned on you, Christian, that Christ gave Himself for you to PURIFY you? to cleanse you from the defilement of sin? to free you from the guilt of sin? Salvation is only the start! As Paul instructs husbands to love their wives, he says in Ephesians 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
Gotten washed recently? That’s part of the reason that Christ came and gave Himself! (to be continued)