The Teachings of Grace

Titus 2:11-15  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  15  These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

This portion of scripture brings the teachings of God’s grace into perspective. Titus speaks to the home as well as the church. The liberal agenda of our country would view Titus outdated as well as gender biased toward men. We all must remember that God is not a respecter of persons. He does not view one person as superior to another. However, God does have an order and system to everything. The role and responsibility of the home has greatly affected the church as well as our country.

The twisting of God’s grace has resulted in sinful living and ungodliness. God’s grace, when applied, should hold us to a much higher standard than that of the law. Many today are taking advantage of God’s grace without understanding what it teaches. God’s grace is not a ticket to keep on living in sin. God’s grace is the avenue by which we are able to become more like Christ. I look at the scripture and I see that the grace of God that brings salvation unto all men teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust. It teaches us to live soberly, righteous, and godly. God’s grace is not just the avenue to experience salvation, but it is also the teacher that guides away from sin and towards the likeness of Christ.

These things we must speak, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Then it says let no man despise these. How do we teach such things without being hated? We must do so with the heart of our teacher. We must teach with grace. If grace is going to instruct us toward God, then grace must be what motivates our instruction.