“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“Salvation by Grace” (2:12-15)
We are being asked to think clearly about our salvation. It is all of grace, pure, sovereign, free grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is not a combined operation, God doing his bit and us doing our bit. We were dead in trespasses and sins, faced with a total inability to accomplish any good as far as God was concerned (Ephesians 2:1-2). That is, until grace came, and made us alive. Breathed the breath of life into our souls. Enabling us to hear the gospel as we never heard it before, enabling us to believe the gospel, and enabling us to live. The thinking that God loves all men and that all are bound for heaven is a massive barrier to the gospel’s progress. It is yet another form or works salvation (Romans 3:19-20). We come to God empty-handed, with nothing to offer, nothing, no plea. The only thing that we can truly call our own is our sin, that is all we come with to God.
When we begin to understand the saving grace of God, we cannot sit lightly to sin v14. It teaches and trains us to say no to sin. It develops an attitude within us that positively, directly and decisively rejects all that is ungodly, worldly and devilish. For it is grace also to live by we have been given v14. The staggering price has been paid by God’s Son for our redemption. To take us away from lawless living. To make us a select, a choice people for himself (1Peter 2:9). So shall we not be such a people? Shall we think that we can run again to worldly excesses (1Peter 4:4), surely not? Titus is told v15, that he must drive this sound teaching home, convincing all with all authority. The Christian life is all about being, not doing. Being what God has made us. It is all to do with attitude, as to who or what it is that we are going to please. God? Self, the flesh, the world, the devil? As Dylan wrote and sung, “Ya gotta serve somebody.”
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)