For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Paul writes these words to Titus, whom Paul describes as my true child in a common faith.
Paul gives Titus and us a picture here of God’s working in our lives and the reason for each of those steps He takes on our behalf.
Through God’s grace for us, his children He:
*brings salvation for all people,
God saves us from our sin. Jesus took all our sin onto Himself when He went to Calvary.
*trains us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions,
God, through His word and the Holy Spirit, shows us what He finds unacceptable to Him.
*trains us to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now,
When we allow the Holy Spirit to have control of our lives, we possess self-control. When we have self-control, we lead upright lives that please God.
God does all these things as we await the hope of seeing the risen Christ appear in all His glory.
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