A verse to grasp

Having been thinking through the implications of Sammy’s sermon, I have concentrated on Titus 2:11-12.

Firstly, we can see that this section is all about GRACE:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

We are going to see what Grace brings, firstly:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

This is saving grace. The fact that Jesus died in our place (Isaiah 53), to bring us to God (Ephesians 2:1-10). It is completely unmerited and an absolute gift. Through our union with Christ, we are now alive, adopted, justified and redeemed.

However, the joy of the gospel doesn’t stop there. If it did, it would lead to licence…free living…

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

The ‘it‘ in the context is ‘the grace of God‘ – the gospel. What does it do? It sanctifies us, changes us, enables us to change. It is vital to see that grace is both for salvation and sanctification. Our union with Christ is not just his death, but life and resurrection too. So, if there is no sanctification, there is probably no salvation. As Luther put it ‘We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.’

In his excellent book ‘the disciplines of grace‘, Jerry Bridges covers this verse in chapter 5 and shows how this is so freeing. Indeed, it seems like an oxymoron to suggest that ‘grace’ and ‘discipline’ go together, but they do! If you have experienced saving grace, you will see transforming/ sanctifying grace at work….and you won’t ‘let go and let God’, you will discipline – work at it – in grace. As Tim Chester says in his brilliant book ‘You can change‘, sanctification changes from pushing a boulder UP a hill, to pushing a boulder DOWN a hill when you add GRACE.

So, learn this verse:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,


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