Titus

Grace is Jesus

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Grace is not a word we define.
Grace is not a doctrine we agree with.
Grace is a Person we are to experience.
Grace is Jesus (Tit 2:11-12). 

Therefore, Grace is NOT the freedom to do whatever we want, but the freedom to be who we are --- containers of God who have the privilege of God expressing Himself through our humanity as we trust Him by faith.

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Scan The Horizon

You see, God did all those things to us and for us so that His LIFE could flow through us!

You see, God did all those things to us and for us so that His LIFE could flow through us!

Over these last many years we of the grace community have fought hard to proclaim loudly what God has done to us and for us in the finished work of Christ! We have heralded that we were crucified with Jesus, have been resurrected in Jesus, that we are seated in heaven, have been made righteous, have been made the children of God, are now saints and not sinners, that we have been completely forgiven, and so many other wonderful truths that the body of Christ desperately needs to know.

I wonder though if we have focused so much on what has been done, that we might be neglecting what needs to be done! You see, God did all those things to us and for us so that His LIFE could flow through us! Case in point: Titus 3:8.

“This is a faithful saying” – Own that statement! Paul only uses it in the Pastoral letters. Just released from prison, realizing that he is on borrowed time, he uses this phrase to highlight very important issues like Jesus came into the world to save sinners (I Tim 1:15). So what he is about to say is VERY important!!!

And what does he say?

We who have believed in Christ are to “be careful” – Normally we use this phrase in a negative context to maintain a diligent scrutiny of our environment. BE CAREFUL – there are lots of bad things out there in this world. This is the only time Paul uses this verb in the New Testament and he uses it in a positive instead of a negative manner. BE CAREFUL – Scrutinize your environment, be watchful, be aware, scan the horizon --- so that we can “engage in good works”.

We are to scan the horizon, looking for every opportunity to “DO” good works!

To not only live our lives in a righteous manner as individuals, but also to live in such a way that we sacrificially love and serve others whenever and wherever we can. In fact, the word “engage” is actually used elsewhere to “take the lead, or be the best”.  In other words, the grace of God NEVER makes us lazy or slack in our walk with God. It actually intensifies our walk as we release the LIFE of Jesus to the world around us.

Grace people are intended by God to be the best servants, the best friends, the best helpers, the best worshippers. I have a plaque on my wall that says, “Do the kindest things in the kindest way” – That is what real Grace People do.

It just comes naturally to them, because the “GOOD ONE” lives in them.

Let me put it this way: We are to so live our lives that people see that we have been given new and beautiful hearts in the New Covenant economy (Ezek. 36), and their being able to see our beautiful hearts will prompt them to ask, “I love your heart! Where do I get a heart like that?”

And then, we can simply introduce them to the One Who transformed our lives – We can tell them about Jesus!

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Teaching vs Training

Just like a little kid learns by looking into the eyes and life of its Father, so that is how we learn.

Just like a little kid learns by looking into the eyes and life of its Father, so that is how we learn.

Ah, the wonderful grace of God. How can we learn of it?

Not the usual way, that is for sure. In Titus 2, we are told that the grace of God has appeared bringing us salvation. First, we must embrace that grace therefore, is not a doctrine, nor a formula, a message, or a teaching.

Grace is a Person because Jesus is the One Who brought us salvation.

The next verse says it is this grace (this Person) Who teaches us, to deny ungodliness and live righteously. "Teaches" is our key word in answering the question of how we learn of grace.

The normal word for teach is "didaskalos", which refers to formal, classroom type of instruction. Not the word used here. You will never learn how to live out of grace in a classroom or a book.

The word used here is from "pais" --- or little child. Little children are concrete learners, not abstract learners. Their learning is more caught than taught. The word should really be translated "training".

Do you see the word picture? Just like a little kid learns by looking into the eyes and life of its Father, so that is how we learn. As we look into Jesus's eyes, we are allowed to see His eyes that are to us and for us. I would put it this way, the teacher talks at us, but the trainer (the Person of Grace) walks with us.

May I illustrate it? One father may tell his child to do a particular chore. That is "didaskalos" - teaching. Another father does that chore with the son. That is "pais" - training. That is Grace.   That is Jesus.

We learn of the grace of God by fixing our eyes on Him, so that He may walk with us and show us how to live. His LIFE is so much more caught than taught.

Be a little kid, fix your eyes on Him, and let Him walk with you.

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