This is our final post in 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 and to purify us (v. 14). The kind of people Jesus wants are those who are eager to do what is good, whenever and wherever we can!
These are powerful concepts which, if properly communicated, will have dramatic effects on those who pay attention to them. The Christian gospel (the saving grace of God) not only redeems people, but tutors us in godly living. And we learn to be patient as we serve Him, waiting for His return. But we are not to be waiting around — we are to be turning away from wickedness and focusing on being purified by that grace. An eagerness to do good ought to mark the child of God.
If Titus 2:11-14 is a summary of what God’s grace does and is doing in the believer’s life, then what do we do with these truths? We teach them to others! We do not let those who don’t believe them discourage us or push us into silence about what GOD has said! These things we should TEACH. We should use these truths to ENCOURAGE and to REBUKE WITH ALL AUTHORITY! We can’t prevent people from despising us or the message — but we can keep their unbelief from silencing us.
A few questions:
1. Have you received this salvation-bringing grace for yourself?
2. Are you a student of God’s grace, allowing it to instruct you in both the negative and the positive aspects of following Christ?
3. Are you waiting for Christ to return, busy in His work, and rejoicing in His full deity?
4. How’s it going with the good-deed-doing?
5. This touchy matter of purity — are you making progress in that whole area of growth?
6. Do you look for opportunities to pass these truths on, to gently but clearly apply these first to yourself, then to those God gives you to influence?