Summary: Do you ever see the world and wonder how Christians will make it? We live in a world that is disregarding a Holy God. In Titus 3 Paul begins this chapter telling us how to react to the world.
Introduction: Do you ever see the world and wonder how Christians will make it? We live in a world that is disregarding a Holy God. God has been reduced to a mere imagination by many, while others ignore Him. Even the religious people of our world have become Religious Atheists, claiming to know God, but disregarding Him in their daily lives. The Apostle Paul writes to the Pastor Titus with some instructions. In our text, in verse 8, Paul tells Titus to affirm these things constantly.
Prior to our text, the Apostle Paul had written:
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, vs.12, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; vs.13, Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; vs.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.
Now in our text, in verses 1-2, Paul begins this chapter telling us how to react to the world. We are to obey the laws, though many of our leaders are against God, we are to be obedient as long as their commands do not violate God’s laws. When our leaders are against God, and His ways, we will choose God. We are not to slander others; we are to be peaceable, not looking for a fight, showing humility and meekness to others.
We live in a society that is now Godless in practice, and many times in philosophy and actions.
How can we live Godly in a Godless world?
I. Remember from Where we Came - vs. 3
A. Our Fallen Character
1. Foolish - "For we also once were foolish ourselves"
2. Disobedient - Rebellious
3. Deceived - Full of error - We did not know right!
B. Our Former Captivity - Aserving divers lusts and pleasures@
C. Our Fierce Contempt
1. Malice - a malicious nature
2. Envy - displeasure at the happiness of others
3. Hateful and hating one another
II. Rejoice in the Way of Conversion - vs. 4-6
A. The Appearance of a Savior - vs. 4 - 2Ti 1:10, Heb 9:26
B. The Aspects of His Grace - vs. 4-5
1. Kindness - goodness of God - Ro 2:
2. Love - Eph 2:4
3. Mercy - 1Pe 1:3
C. The Alteration by His Mercy - vs. 5-6
1. The Rebirth from the filth of sin – washing- 1Co 6:11
2. The Renewal by the Holy Ghost - Eze 36:26, 2Co 5:17
III. Rest in the Words of Comfort - vs. 7
A. You are Pure - The Position of Justification - 7a - Ro 5:1- 2
B. You are Privileged - The Privilege of Justification - v. 7b
1. Heirs of Heaven - Ro 8:17
2. Hope for Eternity - Tit 3:7
IV. Respond with Works of Consistency
A. Our Lives are Evidence of our Salvation- Jas 2:18, Eph. 2:8-9, Eph 2:10
B. Our Lives are an Expression of our Salvation - Tit 2:14
Conclusion: Will we live GODLY in this GODLESS world?
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;