For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Grace is freely offered, it is poured out in love, it is all-sufficient for our every need.
Titus offers another descriptive quality of that grace to which we are so indebted to:
Grace is a trainer!
This sentence in Titus gives us three areas in which grace is constantly training us for.
1. To renounce ungodliness and worldly passions,
2. to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
3. to live as waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
1. To renounce ungodliness and worldly passions…
This invokes to me those of Christianity who have been asked to renounce Christ or face punishment, torture, or even death. Do we also realize that as Christians, the opposite demand has been made upon us? To renounce what we were? To execute and to put to death our past selves?
This isn’t something we can do on our own, as Paul tells us:
but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
But look what God did!
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Let us let grace continually train us to renounce that which we were, on a daily basis!
Part 2 – Grace training us to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age coming in a day or two.