Paul wanted to motivate a young man to the point that he could withstand the pressures
that were placed upon him because of his work.
Paul bases his exhortations and demands upon the dynamics of the gospel as he unfolds the
connection between the grace of God and the improving conduct of the Christians.
GRACE means - unmerited favor; the outgoing of God's favor to the unworthy.
The true meaning of grace is seen in the changes which come over the regenerated Christian.
In the lessons, let's study through the book of Titus and find these FRUITS OF GOD'S GRACE
that motivated a young man to such great service in the Kingdom of God. Maybe we too can
be motivated to serve more diligently.
THE GRACE OF GOD BRINGS SALVATION TO ALL MEN - 2:11.
"All men" - means: all classes of men...from kings to servants...all colors.
Ephesians 2:8-9 - Man is saved by grace.
This doesn't nullify the blood of Jesus. It shows why it was shed.
Paul wanted Titus to see that salvation is the starting point of reconstruction of human conduct.
Man's life can be pieced back together after having been shattered by sin.
Because of God's grace, man doesn't have to fear.
Salvation is necessary for one to be:
"In the likeness of Christ" - Romans 6.
"Without condemnation" - Romans 8:1.
To produce the fruits of the Spirit - Galatians 5.
THE GRACE OF GOD TEACHES RIGHT CONDUCT - 2:12.
Instructs us toward evil conduct:
Deny ungodliness - (things that God would not do or think).
It is God's grace that enables the believer to say "No" to temptation.
Deny worldly lust.
An understanding of God's grace suppresses improper desires ... (to wealth, honor, pleasure, senusal indulgences, etc.).
Instructs toward GOOD conduct.
"Live soberly" - refers to the power of the human personality over its impulsive self.
It means that the regenerated man, the Christian, is winning the battle to bring his whole being in control under Christ.
Sobriety is greatly needed as proof of salvation.
"Live righteously" - refers to a right relationship to all persons.
Our conduct must be right and just.
"Live Godly" - refers to the believer's relationship to God...Godward.
The direction you are facing.
Godliness puts the whole life in God's control.
THE GRACE OF GOD FURNISHED ADEQUATE HOPE - 2:13-14.
A man must have a Hope or a goal to reach...keeps him motivated.
The hope is twofold:
"Looking for the blessed hope AND the appearing..."
"Blessed hope" - resurrection or changed body.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
"Appearing" - second coming of Jesus.
They wanted Jesus to come soon.
I Corinthians 16:23 - MARANATHA - that is, O Lord Come.
Both are incentives for zealous service - v. 14.
THE GRACE OF GOD ENJOINS OBEDIENCE TO RULERS - 3:1.
God is a law giver and a law lover... so should his people be.
When every man does right in his own eyes, there is anarchy.
Remember: Good citizens make good governments.
THE GRACE OF GOD ENJOINS PEACEABLE AND GENTLE BEHAVIOR TOWARD ALL MEN - 3:2-7.
"Speak evil of no man" - grace doesn't speak evil.
"Not to be contentious" - grace does not rebel.
"Be gentle and meek" - grace is gentle and meek.
What grace delivered us from - v. 3.
Grace is God's work - vs. 4-6.
Grace makes us heirs to God - v. 7.
THE GRACE OF GOD ENJOINS STRICT BEHAVIOR TOWARD ERRORISTS AND HERETICS - 3:9-11.
GRACE IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE - 3:15.
How have the fruits of grace been evident in your life?