Titus 2:11-13 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men…”
The grace of God is the very thing that brings Salvation to the sinful soul. Grace is God showing favor to an underserving people. This grace is found in the finished work of Jesus Christ. “God’s riches at Christ’s expense”
This grace has appeared to all men; it is not limited, God’s gift of grace is offered to all and anyone that is willing to repent and receive Christ by faith.
Paul said “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16
The grace of God should not be abused or misunderstood. As a matter of fact God’s grace teaches us some important lessons.
Titus 2:12 “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts…”
A. To Leave certain things
God’s Grace teaches us to reject, abhor, detest, deny, and leave out some things in our life.
1. Ungodliness (Things that are against God) 2. Worldly lust (Lust of the eyes/flesh. Pride)
B. To Live in a certain way
Titus 2:12 “Teaching us that… we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”
The Grace of God teaches us to live a certain way.
1. Soberly (Walk circumspectly with all wisdom) 2. Righteously (to be a light by doing right) 3. Godly (Christ-like, pleasing to God)
Jesus Said “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
C. To Look in a certain direction
Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
1. Promise of God (The blessed hope – Titus 1:2) 2. Person of God (Our great Saviour – Jesus Christ) 3. Purpose of God (His plan for blood-bought Christians)
Titus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
God gave Himself for us and purchased us with His own blood for the purpose of:
a. Redeeming us from all iniquity b. Purifying unto Himself a peculiar people c. Being zealous of good works.
These lesson are very important to learn. They are so important that Paul specifically instructed Timothy, the young pastor, to:
Titus 2:15 “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
Galatian 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.”
It is imperative to understand that Christians must surrender to service and sanctification (Growing in Christ-likeness) the very same way they were saved. That is by the grace of God through faith. Salvation is the work of God, and sanctification must be the work of God in and through us.
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
What does it mean to surrender? It is to present yourself a living sacrifice that is acceptable to God. It is to give God first place in your life and to be willing to surrender every area and aspect of your life.
Surrendering to God must be a conscious decision in prayer to God. It is a daily denial of self and a desire to live for Christ. “I am crucified with Christ…”
Notice the result of a surrendered life in Christ.
1. Transformed Life that pleases God.
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Vs 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye mayprove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The only way a Christian is able to transform his life and not conform to the ways of the world is to first surrender to God. If a person is not willing to surrender all to Jesus, then it will be difficult for him to renew his mind – to think like God in order to be like God and to know what pleases God. A surrendered heart to God must first take place.
Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
2. Triumph Christian living
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Vs 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
In order for a Christian to resist the devil and his enticing temptations, and to get the victory from life dominating sins, he must first surrender and submit to God.
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
3. Tremendous grace-filled life
2 Corinthians 8:1-2 “Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; vs 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.”
2 Corinthians 8:5 “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.”
Living life by God’s grace means to live in the realm of the impossible. It is to experience the ability and power of God in you to do things you would never be able to do in your own strength; to do things that you would never imagine doing; and to see things happen that would blow you away. In order to have God’s amazing grace not only to save us, but to work in us, we have to be humble and surrendered to God first.
Luke 19:10 ‘For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’
Jesus made this great statement to explain and declare His purpose in coming to earth. He was prompted to make this statement soon after he heard the people murmur saying:
Luke 19:7 “And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.”
The people could not believe that Jesus would interact with or even visit the house of Zacchaeus.
1. Zacchaeus’ Position
Luke 19:2 “And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.”
Zacchaeus was in charge of those tax collectors who received their collections and transmitted them to the Roman government. Zacchaeus also was a wealthy man. It could be that he would stand over others and take more than the required tax and pocket it for himself.
2. Jesus’ Proposal
Luke 19:5 “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”
Zacchaeus was so notorious in the community that they even called him a sinner by name. (This name was also given to the women who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair)
However, though this statement is true and ascribed to all humanity, Christ didn’t go around and call people sinners by name. As a matter of fact, Jesus called Zacchaeus by his birth name. What a blessing it is to know that God knows you by name, and calls you by it.
3. Zacchaeus Pursued
Luke 19:6 “And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.”
It is a sad thing to see people reject Christ and his invitation, but on the other hand, it is a blessing to see people respond with joy to Jesus’ offer.
4. Zacchaeus Penitence (repentance)
Luke 19:8 “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”
Zacchaeus demonstrated true repentance. His faith in Christ was true. He had an inward change proven by an outward action through the work of God.
5. Zacchaeus’ Pardon
Luke 19:9 “And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house…”
Salvation means to be forgiven by God through Jesus Christ. Jesus paid it all, and all to Him we owe. If you have not yet received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, I pray you make a decision today, and that salvation will come to your house.