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11.20.16

All Christians Called to be Like Christ

Series: Titus

Speaker: Jeremiah Greever

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All Christians Called to be Like Christ

Titus 2:11-12

 

  1. Appearance of Christ v. 11
    1. The Grace of God Appeared
      1. So Paul is now collectively speaking to the entire church.
      2. When Paul says, “For”, he is connecting what has previously been said with what he’s about to say.
        1. Knowledge or understand must be present in our Christian conduct.
  • Paul then says that “the grace of God has appeared”, he gives a double meaning.
    1. Paul is referring to Jesus.
    2. But I also think that Paul is referring to the grace of God that was given through Jesus as well.
    3. We have to know who Jesus is and what he’s done.
    4. John 1:14 “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father.”
  1. Bringing Salvation (to all men)
    1. And Paul continues to elaborate on Jesus’ appearance by stating that Jesus brought “salvation to all men”.
    2. When Paul says that Jesus’ appearance brought salvation, he’s saying that there was no hope without Christ.
      1. When Jesus appeared, he brought redemption, not destruction.
  • And Paul says that this salvation is offered to all men.
    1. The Bible says that only those who repent of their sins and believe in what Christ has done will receive this salvation of Jesus.
  1. Instruction for Christian Living
    1. Instruction
      1. Paul continues to state that not only did the grace of God (through Jesus’ coming) bring salvation, but it also brought us certain instruction.
      2. For Christians, salvation is a past event.
  • But salvation is also a current, present event as well.
  1. “Instructing” is a present progressive verb, not a past tense verb.
  2. Sanctification is the process of spiritual growth and becoming more like Christ in the life of the believer.
  3. So how do we become more like Jesus in our daily lives?
  1. Deny Ungodliness
    1. Say “No” to all that is against God.
      1. Christian, you have been called because of your belief and trust in Christ to always turn way from the things that of this world and the very things that are the antithesis of God himself.
      2. But this should make us first look to Christ, who did perfectly reject all forms of ungodliness and worldly passions, as well as help us strive to be more resolute in our pursuit of godliness.
    2. Live Pious Lives
      1. So after Paul calls for believers to reject that of the world, he says specifically what should characterize the life of the believer.
      2. Live – The first thing that Paul says is that Christians ought to live sensible. This word, “live”, signifies that this is a life-long process.
        1. Christian, it’s only by the grace of God that we can live in such a way that is pleasing to God.
  • Sensible – This word, “sensible” is not new to Titus.
    1. Only Christ can be Lord of your life.
  1. Righteous – Righteous, or upright means that as a Christian, you faithfully fulfill all the demands for truth and justice.
  2. Godly – This last exhortation is also what we have seen throughout the entire book so far. In all manners and aspects of your life, be like Christ.
  3. For Christians, growing in self-control, righteousness, and godliness should all be done in this present age, or in this very moment.
  1. Application
    1. For us to best give glory and honor to God with our lives, we need to first know and understand who Christ is, and what God did for us in sending Christ.
    2. Salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ and the hope that comes through knowing Him.
  • Christian, instead of following the world, follow Christ. Be more like the one who has given you eternal life.

Tags: godly, greever, jeremiah, righteous, salvation, sanctification, titus, sensibly

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