Grace's Teaching: Transformed by Truth

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 31 January 2024
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Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier
dean.courtier@estuaryelim.co.uk

Grace's Teaching: Transformed by Truth

Titus 2:1-2 (NLT) "As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience."

In Titus chapter 2, the apostle Paul speaks of God's transformative truth that leads to godly living. Join me in exploring the profound impact of God's grace and truth in the process of transformation.

The Revelation of God's Grace
Titus 2:11 "For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people."

The term "grace" (charis) signifies God's unmerited favour and kindness towards humanity. God's grace is not just a theoretical concept but a living reality revealed through the person of Jesus Christ. It is this grace that becomes the foundation for our transformation.

Charles Spurgeon beautifully captures the essence of God's grace, saying, "God's grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and helplessness of believers."

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) - "God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God."

The Teaching of Transformational Truth
Scripture: Titus 2:12 (NLT) "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"

The transformative truth mentioned here encompasses the teachings of Christ, which bring salvation and instruct us in righteous living. It's not just about knowing the truth but allowing it to permeate our hearts and minds, leading to a profound change in our character and conduct.

Grace is not opposed to effort but to earning. And effort is not just action; it is an action that is imbued with a certain quality.

John 8:31-32 (NLT) "Jesus said to the people who believed in him, 'You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'"

A Life Set Apart for God
Titus 2:13-14 (NLT) "while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Saviour, 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."

The goal of God's grace and transformative truth is not just personal salvation but a life set apart for God's service. The transformation wrought by God's grace enables believers to live with purpose, contributing to the work of God in the world.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer challenges us to live a life of purpose, saying, "Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will."

Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) - "And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don't copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."

As we reflect on Titus chapter 2, let us embrace the grace of God that leads to transformation through the teaching of truth. May this transformation set us apart for God's purposes, allowing His grace to shape every aspect of our lives.

May the grace and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ abide with us, amen.