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Titus 2:11-15

WHAT GOD'S GRACE TEACHES

Nov. 10, 1968 am


THE MOST FASCINATING OF ALL THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD IS THE MORAL ATTRIBUTE OF GRACE!

  • In this passage of scripture we see what God's Grace does to the person who receives it
  • Here is one of the greatest summations of what the Gospel truth does to life- changes it!
  • These verses show God's grace doing three things; are they all a part of your life?

There is only one thing that can keep God's Grace from blessing you- that is YOU!

I. GOD'S GRACE BRINGS US SALVATION  Titus 2:11

Among the brightest of God's great moral attributes is His amazing Grace, truly amazing

A. GOD'S GRACE BRINGS US SALVATION  Titus 2:11a  Here is the motive and the vehicle of Love!

  • John 1:17- Grace & Truth comes to us by Jesus Christ. In order to give Grace, Christ came.
  • "GRACE" (Charis) Gr.- the friendly disposition from which a kind act proceeds- God delights
  • God's Grace found a way- & yet be Just- by Jesus dying for the Sinner- thus the price is paid

B. THIS GRACE HAS APPEARED TO ALL MEN Titus 2:11c - I believe in universal grace - not limited

  • It is possible for any individual person to be saved - Heb 7:25 - Whosoever will come to Jesus
  • And the grace of God has been shown to all men through creation- Rom 1:19,20 & wide preaching
  • God is longsuffering- 2 Pet 5:9, and even this is a picture of His Grace - giving all chance

C. THEN THE QUESTION IS, "WHY ARE NOT ALL MEN SAVED?  WHY IS THE GRACE NOT EFFECTIVE FOR ALL MEN?"

  • Christ Jesus stood over Jerusalem with a Lament- Matt 23:37 with tears - "But ye would not!"
  • Wherever sin abounds, Grace does even more abound- Rom 5:20 if man would accept God's Gift
  • God's Grace is able - 2 Cor 9:8, but men love darkness more than light- deliberately refuse

God's Grace is made free by His Dying Love, but will a man believe when it appears?

II. GOD'S GRACE TEACHES US TO LIVE GODLY Titus 2:12

The recipient of God's grace soon finds himself in a special state called - "IN GRACE"

A. GOD'S GRACE IS A DISCIPLINE THAT CHASTENS US - many do not think of Grace being a spanking!

  • The word "teaches" is a much stronger word than we think it today- it involves chastening!
  • Belief and Action are always closely associated, the Social action here is personal!
  • Belief opens the door to Grace, and grace comes in with a New Nature that makes changes

B. GOD'S GRACE TEACHES US TO DENY UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY LUSTS

  • The natural sinful man thrives on worldliness and lust, polishes it up most cultured - sin
  • Yet when God's Grace comes into a person's heart, they love God- and hate the evil of the world
  • Grace leads the Christian to deny evil in their own heart- or grace disciplines-

C. GOD'S GRACE TEACHES US TO LIVE GODLY, TO LET GOD LIVE THROUGH US

  • The fruit of the Spirit is transplanted, and God's attributes come to grow in human hearts
  • This Godliness is practical, leads a person to be sober, to do right, and to be God-like
  • God's kindness goes to work, and produces kindness in human hearts- even ability to forgive

When a person receives God's Grace, it soon leads them to be able to show Grace to others

III. GOD'S GRACE LEADS US TO THE BLESSED HOPE Titus 2:13

As we taste the sweet juice of grace, we become more eager to see the source of God's love

A. THE CHRISTIAN'S CONSTANT EXPECTATION IS THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD JESUS Titus 2:13

  • In the midst of a sin cursed world, and our own weakness- this blessed hope can hold us
  • With every passing event, day of history, we see more signs of the soon-ness of His coming
  • I am looking forward hour by hour with deep anticipation, - 2nd Coming of Christ

B. THIS BLESSED HOPE IS OURS, THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THOSE WHO HAVE GOD'S GRACE

  • This gives us strength and stability- my blessed hope in heaven, coming soon to raise us
  • This hope in my heart leads me to be very careful what I allow- purifying I John 3:3
  • Without this blessed hope, our hearts would fail us, fearfulness, terrible fright today

C. THE GLORIOUS APPEARING IS HIS, MANY PEOPLE HAVE REFUSED TO BELIEVE, HIS OWN HAVE SUFFERED MUCH

  • God delivered His word to men, and they refused to receive Him, so He is coming in power
  • He has been longsuffering, patient, but soon the day of his enduring the world's sin is over
  • Let Him appear in your heart, bow your knee to Him now, for He will force every eye to see-

God's grace leads us to look forward to redemption, not fiery judgement! Phil 2:10

LET GOD'S GRACE WORK IN YOUR HEART, HE WILL NOT FORCE YOU, BUT HE WILL PLEAD WITH YOU

  • Let the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ lead you to accept His love, and confess Him today
  • Let this Grace discipline you into being faithful- Baptism, Church Membership, Stewardship, Attendance
  • Let the Blessed Hope encourage you in great faithfulness in the time of weak hearts.