R. Kent Hughes puts it well saying, The natural human inclination… is to suppose that if our good works do not determine God’s affection, there is no reason to do them. Why be concerned about godliness since we are saved by grace? Because, say the Scriptures, when the filth of my sin was sweeping me in my helplessness to eternal death, my God covered himself in the muck of this world to rescue me, embraced me despite my filth, and now wants me to remain out of the mud. Such grace should make us so in love with God that we cannot stand whatever in our lives re-soils us and offends him. Biblical grace makes us intolerant of evil in our lives. The apostle here underscores this truth, saying that the grace of God “teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions”
Not pursuing holiness is the denial of Grace and it power to transform.
Not pursuing holiness is choosing to not be a disciple. (Keep in mind the distinction between Salvation and Discipleship. Lucas Kitchen points out, “Salvation is by faith, it cannot be earned, returned or lost. Discipleship is by works, either accepted, rejected or maintained.”)
Paul told Titus the same thing Jesus told the disciples, “And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me”, Luke 9:23.
Whether on Crete on in Colorado, you must daily decide whether you will be Christ’s disciple. Choosing not to do so is the denial of Grace.
This Sunday’s passage challenges all of us, (me too!) to daily decide to deny ourselves and follow Christ.
Take a look at Titus 2:11-4 using this outline below.
•The Rescue of Grace, 11 (Does this teach everyone is saved?)
In this section, I am going to lay a little doctrine of propitiation on you!
•The Requirements of Grace, 12 (Note the two negatives and three positives.)
Grace places demands our life post salvation. Here are five.
•The Readjustment of Grace, 13 (A clear declaration to the Deity of Christ)
Unless you do the above you will not looking in the right direction.
•The Redemption of Grace, 14 (He redeems and purifies, what does he expect?)
Christ died to redeem and purify us, to what end?
•The Responsibility of Grace, 15 (Note the “bookends” in 2:1 and 2:15, “speak.”)
What three things must we do with this teaching?
See you Sunday!