Titus 2 … Consider His Instructing Grace

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, (2:11-12).

Paul continues expounding on the teachings that Titus is to pass along to his congregation, principles for righteous and godly living amidst the notorious moral corruption and depravity that characterized the Cretan culture

 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, (Titus 1:12-13).

Several commands are given in this chapter regarding behavior that is fitting for God’s people who are to be “zealous for good deeds” (2:14) within their church, their home, their community, and their workplace.

And every Instruction given would be founded and motivated in His saving Grace.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, (2:11-12).

It has been this way since God first called a people to Himself, when He brought His children out of the moral bondage and corruption in Egypt. Before the giving of the Law, before any of the ten commandments were inscribed in stone, before the Instruction that was imparted with the words, “you shall” or “you shall not,” the Lord God reminded His people of His saving Grace when He brought them out of the house of slavery.

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,” (Exodus 20:20).

He had brought them out. Period. They were helplessly enslaved, powerless to deliver themselves; and if they would choose to live in that place of remembering the blood of the lamb that spared them as His judgment passed over their houses to then bring them out by His great deliverance, their actions would reflect His great salvation.

“For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. 14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance,” (Exodus 12:12-14).

But what would happen if they failed to remember and forgot His saving Grace? Well, much of the Old Testament has clearly depicted that story; and it’s certainly one we want to learn from, but definitely not emulate.

God has called us to remember, He is the Lord our God Who has brought us out of the house of slavery through the precious blood of the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ, (1 Peter 1:18-19).

It is His Grace that saves us.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8).

It is His Grace that keeps us.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one,” (John 10:27-39).

And if we will tune our hearts to daily remember His Truth, it will be His Grace that Instructs us.

Consider His Instructing Grace

 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds, (2:11-14).

  • His Instructing Grace appeared to bring salvation to all: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
    • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
  • His Instructing Grace empowers us to live godly: instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
    • seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence, (2 Peter 1:4).
  • His Instructing Grace encourages us to live looking up: looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
    • Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth, (Colossians 3:1-2).
  • His Instructing Grace reminds us of His love that gave His life for the likes of us:  who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed,
    • For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:6-8).
  • His Instructing Grace cultivates purity as we walk through this life: and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession,
    • But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin, (1 John 1:7).
  • His Instructing Grace provokes an abounding passion to serve Him: zealous for good deeds
    • And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed, (2 Corinthians 9:8).

How do we respond to His Instructing Grace?

We must choose to remember His amazing Grace, so undeserved. Oh, let us choose to daily consider all the great things He has done for us; for as we do, He will be faithful to enable us to learn and live according to His Instructing Grace.

“Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you,” (1 Samuel 12:24).

As He had Instructed the nation of Israel to commemorate His saving Grace by celebrating the Passover feast, He has Instructed us to commemorate His saving Grace by celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Oh, how truly important and necessary it is that we honor and proclaim His death so as to never forget or take for granted His amazing, saving Grace.

 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes, (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Remembering His Grace is pivotal to His Instruction, for the intentional act of setting our mind on His Grace keeps the fires of our first love burning. But when we forget, as we are all so prone to do, in His faithfulness, by His Instructing Grace, He will call us to remembrance and repentance.

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent,” (Revelation 2:4-5).

And because He knows we are so prone to forget, He has Graciously provided His Holy Spirit to provide and remind us. But He does not coerce our memory, He invites us to come and accept all that He has for us. Oh, let us come to Him every day that we would daily remember and receive the peace He offers in His Instructing Grace.

“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful,” (John 14:25-23).

Oh, may we heed and remember the voice of His Instructing Grace that we would never forget all the benefits He has bestowed on us by His saving Grace.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits,
(Psalm 103:1-2).

The remainder of Psalm 103 is an inventory of His Gracious benefits. Perhaps today we too need to chronicle our list of benefits, that we would serve and bless Him with all that we are as He faithfully persuades and sustains us in His Instructing Grace.

Let us pray that we would become a compelling influence on our culture, that others might also desire to walk in godliness and follow His Instructing Grace.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
(Psalm 103:20-22).

Let’s Grow Together!

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