{Titus 2:11-14; NLT}

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

What are you going to do with the four gospels, Acts of the Apostles, twenty-one epistles, and Revelation, which contain hundreds of commands, or rules for Christian living?  What you’re going to do with them is reckon with them.  Figure out what they’re there for.  It becomes immediately obvious that they’re not there to ignore, or to treat as good advice or godly ideals.  Of course, you’re going to  use them for their intended purpose: to translate Christians’ appreciation for salvation into appropriate and loving responses to God and man.  For sure, they’re not there to justify us, for the same reason we’ve said several times now: justification is by grace, not works.

William Pile, What the Bible says about Grace, p. 151

Questions to consider:

  • What does it mean that we are justified by grace and not by works?
  • How can the commands and rules help us live lives in appreciation to God?
  • Why is it so important that we live righteous lives?
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