Moments Of Truth: Teaching Grace

Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (KJV).

The grace of God brought us salvation. Most Christians do not know that the grace of God teaches the believer how to live after they are born again. The word “grace” (charis) refers to unmerited favor, divine assistance given to man for his regeneration, a virtue coming from God, an influence of the Holy Spirit in the heart (spirit) of the believer. The word “grace” (charis) can also be translated “gift.” Grace is also the operational power of God. It is the power of God at work in you by the Holy Spirit. The New Testament teaches that grace can come upon you. You can be full of it… you can receive it… you have access into it by faith… you can see it… you can continue in it… you can fall from it… you can stand in it… it is sufficient for all your needs… you can be recommended to it… you can be saved by it… you can be justified by it… it is also a period of time… you are called to it…you can frustrate it… grace has riches… you can be strong in it… you can season your speech with it… grace is also a throne… you are stewards of grace… God can give you more of it… you can neglect it… you can stir it up… and so on… Titus 2:11–the grace of God teaches us how to live in this present world.

The first work of grace is to save us (Titus 2:11). Hebrews 2:9 teaches that Jesus tasted death for every man. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (KJV). The cross was by divine appointment. God’s grace sent Jesus to die for our sins.

The second work of grace is that of teaching us, schooling us, training us, instructing us, and disciplining us to deny “ungodliness and worldly lusts” (v. 11) and keep them from getting a hold on our lives. The word “deny” means “to renounce, to give up, to reject, to disavow.” The word “ungodliness” refers to godless ways and irreverence. It refers to the things that God is not in. It refers to leaving God out of your life. The phrase “worldly lusts” refers to things that corrupt you. It refers to covetousness, craving things that are not good for you. It refers to immoral ambitions. The grace of God teaches us how to reject these things. If God isn’t in them, leave them alone. The grace of God does not condone these things.

The third work of grace teaches us how to live in this present world: “We should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (v. 12). The word “soberly” refers to self-mastery, being orderly and self-controlled, disciplined living, being responsible, and remaining true regardless of circumstances. This teaching would include overcoming the devil and worldly lusts and temptations. The word “righteously” refers to honesty, integrity, and uprightness. The word “godly” refers to being God-fearing, spiritually whole, devout, and mature. The grace of God will teach us how to live this way.

The fourth work of grace teaches us to look for the appearing of Jesus Christ. This no doubt refers to the Second Coming of Christ. Moffatt’s translation reads, “awaiting the blessed hop of the appearance of the Glory of the great God and of our Saviour Christ Jesus” (v. 13). The Amplified reads, “looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope.” The word “appeared” (v. 11) means “to shine, to give light, to become visible.” The word “appearing”  (v. 13) means “manifestation of the light.” This tells me that Paul is talking about the presence of God in the church and in us. The grace of God teaches us to watch for the moving of the Spirit in the church services and in our daily living. Verse 14 teaches that Jesus redeemed us from iniquity to purify to Himself a people zealous of good works. The word “iniquity” refers to lawlessness, or things that are not right, such as rebellion, stubbornness, and anger. The word “purify” refers to being separated to Him, or submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. The words “good works” refer to the works of the Holy Spirit. The grace of God teaches us to be responsive to the Holy Spirit.

Pastor George Belobaba

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