That He Might Redeem Us

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Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,..”  –  Titus 2:14

Iniquity is a status of living in an illegal situation. It is where one is in violation of law. The implication is that one is living apart from necessary external regulation. It is the regulation designed for us by our Creator which allows for peace, well being, and proper relationships. Iniquity is considered wickedness, which is departure from the rules of the divine law. – Leviticus 26:43

Iniquity has consequences which may be severe.

  • iniquity has a limit boundary. – Genesis 15:16
  • Those in iniquity may be consumed. – Genesis 19:15
  • The consequences of iniquity may be visited upon subsequent generations of one’s family. – Exodus 20:5
  • Those who bear iniquity die.  – Exodus 28:43
  • Iniquity places one in bonds. – Acts 8:23
  • “Luk 13:27  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
    Luk 13:28  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”

The hope given is that one might be redeemed “from all iniquity.” People may have a tendency to enjoy iniquity until it is time to pay the consequences of it. The price of escape far exceeds anything any man can pay. This is why we need a Saviour. Only He is able to provide the price of redemption which satisfies the justice of God. Such is the benefit of believing in and receiving the providing of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no greater love to enjoy than this.

Gave Himself for Us

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” …our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Who gave himself for us,  that he might redeem us from all iniquity..”
–  Titus 2:13-14

This is the first of a couple of posts which describe the purpose-objective of the coming of Jesus Christ.

“Who gave himself for us”

  • Galatians 1:4  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
  • Galatians 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
  • Ephesians 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
  • 1Timothy 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

The concern is that the ways of this present world are evil. They are hurtful. Our prior toil in sin was grievous in that it was a perverted effort to purposefully miss the mark of God’s holiness and blessing. The consequences of iniquity are grievous. That great effort was taken to live illegally (in iniquity), in violation of God’s law, to live generally in wickedness. The outcome of this is the evidence of our being in the bondage of sin. There is great need of being delivered. The price for deliverance is a required ransom payment.This price is physical, moral and spiritual death. The alternative currency of exchange was Christ giving himself in death as a substitute for us. The only reason this was acceptable is because a perfectly righteous one could die for an unrighteous one, a substitute payment.

Looking for . . .

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Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  –  Titus 2:13

“Looking for” admits and gives credence to the reality of a coming event. Such hope causes one to await with confidence and patience.

The objects of such looking are two, “that blessed hope” and “the glorious appearing.”

Hope is an anticipation. This anticipation is pleasurable because it is described as blessed; fortunate, well off. Hope is an expectation of something. Hope is based in a confidence regarding  something in the future

The glorious appearing refers to “the great god” and “our Saviour Jesus Christ;..” The term appearing is particularly significant because until this event, God is always discussed in scripture as being a spirit who man worships in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) and different from idols or images before whom men bow down. “Whom having not seen, ye love. . .” (1 Peter 1:7-8) While the birth of Jesus is God manifest in the flesh, the glorious appearing refers to the return of Jesus as King of Kings. His appearing will be with power and great glory. (1 Timothy 6:14-15; Revelation 17:14; and Revelation 19:16)

Teaching us that we should live three ways in this present world

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For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
–  Titus 2:11-12

There are several corrupting the teaching about how we should do church or live our lives among the people of this present age. A primary error says that we must adjust to the secular progressive thoughts of those who are lost. The adjustment they teach says that we must adopt at least some of the erroneous patterns of their living so that they will feel comfortable around us. Hence is some form of approval of “minor” deviate conduct. But deviate conduct is sin and the consequence of sin is the justice of death by reason of rebellion against the wishes of God.

  • Do not some of the deviate conducts include how one should approach God or live in His presence?
  • May it be done without considering the majesty of God?
  • May one do it by using deviate worldly forms of music?
  • Does one need to always approach God in a reverential manner?
  • Does God care whether we gather formally to worship him clothed in casualness or care-less-ness?
  • Does God care whether we treat His Word the Bible with casualness and interpret it from a worldly perspective?
  • Does God care how we raise our children?
  • Does God not speak to how we are to do business?
  • Did not God speak to how we should conduct government?
  • Since we are not in heaven literally yet, should we be doing things in “this present world” which might tend to degrade the importance of God’s majesty or should we always do things which enhance respect and His divinity?

It would seem that the point of our being servants, disciples, ambassadors of God is that we would represent Him, His message, His character, and His person by what we do and how we do it. Our mannerism is a major part of doing this. Our speech is the rest of it.

The Grace of God . . . Teaching us . . . We should live Godly!

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“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly”    Titus 2:11-12

One who lives godly, lives piously.

  • He is referencing and honoring the Supreme Being in heart and in practice of the duties he has enjoined.
  • He is concerned with having due veneration and affection for the character of God.
  • He is concerned with habitually obeying His Commands.
  • He is devoted to the service of God.

Veneration is the highest degree of respect and reverence. Such respect is mingled with some degree of awe; a feeling or sentiment excited by the dignity and superiority of God, the sacredness of His character.

#godly #piously #veneration #affection #obeying #devoted #honoring

The Grace of God . . . Teaching us . . . We should live righteously!

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 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously,..

A righteous life is concerned that they treat others in an equitable manner; justly; impartially.

It implies that their actions are innocent and holy in manner.

One is concerned with what is self evidently right. They apply justice in principle and in their decisions and in the execution of such.

#righteously #right #equitable #just #impartiality #innocent #holy

The Grace of God . . . Teaching Us That . . . We should Live Soberly

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Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,”  –  Titus 2:12

Titus 1:8; 2:2; 2:4; 2:6;

Soberly is a Greek adverb from G4998 meaning with sound mind, that is moderately.

A sound mind is a safe mind, that is, self controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion.  To moderate something, terms are used like literally, limited; restrained; temperate; observing reasonable bounds in indulgence; limited in gratifications )

A safe mind is one that one delivers or protects the body and soul with regard to the dangers of the world and its spiritual dangers. It is also a mind which will rein in and curb  one’s sympathies and feelings regarding ungodliness and worldly lusts.  It is important to prevent the free range of one’s sensitive nature. Rather he should use his mind or cognitive faculties to fence himself in for safety. As to which fence or safety net to use, it is important to reference the Word of God written to know the eternal incorruptible guide lines.

#soberly #moderately #safe #temperate #fenced

What does the grace of God do?

 

GraceTeachingFor the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,”
–  Titus 2:12

The “grace of God” teaches us to discern proper actions. We are to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. The us in this passage refers to all men in general and to believers in particular.

This is not an off hand instruction. This instruction is given because God’s creatures have a tendency to act like children who seem to lack understanding, maturity, and  who need training. This is written to educate and discipline us to right conduct.

Ungodliness is demonstrated when one is impious. Impiety involves irreverence towards the Supreme Being. It is wanting in veneration of God and his authority.  It is irreligious and profane. It treats with contempt, sacred things. It is secular; polluted; not pure.

Worldly lust is demonstrated when one is involved in wickedness. Wickedness is a departure from the rules of the divine law. It shows an evil disposition or practices. It involves immorality, crime, sin, sinfulness, corrupt manners, or any evil practices.  Worldly lust is understood to take as important the orderly arrangement attempted by those who deny Gods arrangement and purpose. Essentially is the corruption of God’s order. It is the longing for ways which are forbidden by God.

The bottom line is, “Do not mix the worldly ways with God’s ways!”

#ungodliness #worldly #lusts #denying #teaching

The Grace of God . . . Appeared

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“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”  – Titus 2:11

While the word “grace” is the subject, it is of God. It is a characteristic of God. It is an action of God. It is a gratifying aspect of God’s person. It is the product of the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life. The result is the expression of gratitude. It is able to bring cheer into the life of man who knows he is condemned in his sin and can find no escape within his own means.

Through grace God brings salvation to the hopeless. God comes to the defense of the creature. He rescues and enables means for his safety. This provision is through His appearance to all men. This speaks of the incarnation of Jesus Christ upon whom the Heavenly Father laid the propitiatory (satisfying) judgment of sin unto all who believe in Him.

#grace #salvation #God #Jesus #Christ #condemned #creature #incarnation #propitiatory #judgment #sin #believe

Adorn the Doctrine of God

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Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;   Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Titus 2:9-10

It does not matter who you are or your station in life. We all must have as our purpose of life to “adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

What does it mean to adorn?The doctrine or teaching of God needs to be applied and or put in proper order. God’s order is better than man’s order. If a decorated room is an orderly room according to the plan of the decorator, then a decorated life is ordered according to the master decorator, our Creator and Saviour.

In the old days, a long burned candle might have a wick which becomes too long and would burn in a smoky manner. Before the candle is burned more, one would snuff the wick or trim it to ensure a clean burning light.  So an individual needs to snuff his life to ensure that sin is not seen.

And so it is necessary to snuff our lives such that we may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

#snuff #doctrine #God #Saviour #adorn