Summary: Part 3 of 4. Paul revealed that God’s Saving Grace was the impetus/driving force behind a life yielded to God. But What does it supply to the believer? The Driving Force(grace) behind a yielded life brings with it...
The DRIVING FORCE of SAVING GRACE-III—Titus 2:11—3:8
Paul revealed that God’s Saving Grace was the impetus/driving force behind a life yielded to God.
God’s Saving Grace is the driving force behind a life yielded to God.
Why/How is God’s saving grace the driving force behind a life yielded to God?
The Driving Force(grace) behind a yielded life brings with it...
Previously in Titus we found.....
The Driving Force(grace) behind a yielded life brings...
1. SAVING Power(:11)
2. TEACHING Power(:12)
3. EXPECTANT Power(:13)
4. REDEMPTIVE Power(:14)
5— The Driving Force(grace) behind a yielded life brings...
:15—“Speak these things, exhort, & rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
“Speak these things, exhort, & rebuke with all authority.”
“Exhort/Encourage”—parakalew—To call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation):-- Beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort(-ation), intreat, pray.
“Rebuke/Reprove”—elegcw—1) To convict, refute, confute; 2) To find fault with, correct. It means to rebuke with sufficient cause, & also effectually, so as to bring the one rebuked to a confession or at least a conviction of sin. In other words, it means to convince.
“Authority”—epitagh—An injunction, mandate, command. Strong—An injunction or decree; by implication, Authoritativeness:-- Authority, commandment.
“Let no one despise you.”
Some would “despise” the fact that Titus speaks for God, as his despisers would carry their own worldly & disjointed messages.
“Despise/Disregard”—perifronew—1) To consider or examine on all sides i.e. carefully, thoroughly;2) To set one’s self in thought beyond (exalt one’s self in thought above) a person or a thing; 3) To contemn, to despise.
:1—“Remind them to be subject to rulers & authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
Titus is to speak by way of “reminder” to the church that they should voluntarily make themselves “subject” to those who exercise rule & authority over them politically. These they are to “obey.”
This kind of obedience will yield or result in their readiness “for every good work.” If you can live within the ‘law of the land,’ which takes perseverance, then you will be well prepared for “every good work.”
You will then also work with the government to maintain a ‘law of the land’ which ensures the availability of “every good work.”
Part of the goal of Christianity is that all Christians are prepared to undertake “every good work” in Christ.
Mk. 12:14-17—“When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, & care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.” So they brought it. And He said to them, “Whose image & inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And Jesus answered & said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, & to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at Him.”
1Tim. 2:1-4—“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, & giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings & all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet & peaceable life in all godliness & reverence. For this is good & acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved & to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
“Rulers/Principalities”—arch—Strong—(properly abstract) A commencement, or (concretely) Chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank):-- Beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.
“Authorities/Powers”—exousia—Strong—(in the sense of ability); Privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:-- Authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.
“Obey/Obey magistrates/Obedient”—peiyarcew—To obey (a ruler or superior).
“Ready”—etoimov—Prepare ready. Strong—From an old noun eteov (fitness); Adjusted, i.e. Ready:-- Prepared, (made) ready(-iness, to our hand).
:2—“To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”
The good works will always generally include 1)Not speaking evil of others, 2)Being “peaceable” & “gentle”, 3)Exhibiting humbleness in every aspect of one’s life particularly as it is manifested in relation to others, both the saved & lost, good & evil.
“Speak evil/Malign/Slander”—blasfhmew—1) To speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, blaspheme; 2) To be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at.
“Peaceable/No brawlers/Uncontentious”—amacov—1) Not to be withstood, invincible; 2) Not contentious; 3) Abstaining from fighting. Used 2X.
“Gentle/Considerate”—epieikhv—1) Seeming, suitable; 2) Equitable, fair, mild, gentle. Strong—Appropriate, i.e. (by implication) mild:-- Gentle, moderation, patient.
“Showing”—endeiknumi—1) To point out; 2) To manifest, display, put forth.
“Humility/Meekness/Consideration”—praothv—N.f—Gentleness, mildness, meekness. Strong—Gentleness, by implication, Humility:-- Meekness. From—praov—or—prauv—gentle, i.e. humble:-- meek or Mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness.