In Titus 2:11-12, Paul instructs the young missionary preacher on a subject that still bewilders most today. The inspired apostle writes concerning grace. In the midst of two chapters of "sound doctrine," he teaches some amazing principles concerning Grace. This truly is an amazing section. The subject is Grace (Not God as some try to argue). So, as Paul writes, grace is teaching us! As we set at the foot of Grace, what is it that Grace is teaching? There are two negatives and three positives that Grace teaches us:
I. TWO NEGATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
A. DENY UNGODLINESS
1. The double negative in Greek emphasizes the negativity!
2. The idea is of one going through life without regard to God and the things of God
3. This would be someone who is living without the elements of I Tim. 1:5
B. DENY WORLDLY DESIRES
1. The world has a lot to offer
2. But the Christian is instructed to “just say no” to the things of the world - I John 2:15-17
3. Worldly desires represent wants of a non-spiritual, immoral nature
II. THREE POSITIVE INSTRUCTIONS
A. LIVE SENSIBLY
1. There is that key word again!
2. He is saying to think about the direction we are going
3. We need to be in control of ourselves, be disciplined
B. LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY
1. God has set a high standard of right and wrong
2. The righteous person pays attention to all of God’s instructions, both large and small
3. Nothing is neglected - Mt. 23:23
C. LIVE GODLY
1. Grace is commanding obedience!
a. Many have grace wrong
b. Grace is laying down the law and saying this is the way it is
c. This is the way you have to live - Many do not look at it that way!
2. Godliness is defined in I Tim. 1:5
a. It has 3 elements: Love from a pure heart, Sincere faith, and A good conscience
b. It is to have a reverence and high regard for the things of God
God's grace that was extended to us not only saves us, but also teaches us! Because of the "unmerited favor'" He has shown, we should want to do all we can to please Him - including following the lessons Grace teaches us!