Everyone wants the grace of God.
But as you know, there’s a false grace of the world and religion and there’s a true grace of God that is from the scriptures. False grace is the broad path that leads to hell and destruction. And the true grace of God is one that gives us eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Which one do you have? Let’s find out in this blog post.
The Grace of God
In Titus 2:11, it says “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” God’s desire is not to just say this small group of people that He somehow unconditionally selected, elected before the foundation of the world.
His grace appeared to all men. To do what? “Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts.” (Titus 2:12) The grace of God teaches to deny certain things.
Today in the church you will hear “Well, the grace of God gives us the ability to do all things.” While it’s true that Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) And I can do everything, but not everything is going to be beneficial. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
Of course, you can do all things. But today we are slaves of righteousness. We do all things within the boundary of righteousness because that’s what true grace teaches us – to deny ungodliness and worldly lust.
What are worldly lusts? Well, think about what the world likes to do – the entertainment, the music, the movies, the culture, the practices. What do they like to do? And you have to ask yourself
“Well, am I doing the same thing?”
“Do I really like what the world likes?”
If you do, then you have to ask, have you really received the true grace of God? Because the early believers, early disciples were persecuted because they will not do the things of the world at that time.
Deny the Things of The World
The Romans in the theaters, and the practices and the feasts and banquets are like “Why aren’t you doing those things anymore?” And the answer is because they have now become the disciples of the way. The way of what? The way of life. The way that Jesus taught how we are to live – to deny ungodly lust and deny the things of the world so that we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. (Titus 2:12)
God’s grace teaches us to live soberly. Should you get drunk? But of course you shouldn’t be drunk because no drunkards will enter the kingdom of heaven. (1 Corinthians 6:10) That’s what the bible says.
And so some Christians say, “Should I even drink?” and the answer is, “Well, exercise your own judgment. God has given you the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit.” If you’re not supposed to be drunk, why even bother taking a sip? That is my position.
But I’m not saying it’s a sin to drink because Jesus turned water into wine. That’s His first miracle. But if the scripture encourages me to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to not be drunk with wine (Ephesians 5:18) then I want to stay as far away from it.
Of course, there’s been a time in the past when I had alcohol, but it’s not something that I like to do as I continue to follow Jesus Christ. Because I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit and not be drunk with wine, which leads to dissipation. And that is the word of God.
Let’s Look Forward to Jesus’ Return
In verse 13 it says “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Hallelujah! My question to you is, do you look forward to that blessed hope? What is that blessed hope? It is the coming of Jesus Christ. The glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
When you go to church today and you talk to a Christian, you’re like, “You know Jesus is coming soon, we’re looking forward to His coming and we’re looking for all these signs of the end times.” And they look at you weird because you’re like “Oh you’re some kind of end-time nut” And you probably understand why, especially from an older generation.
Because back in the 80s, they thought Jesus was coming back and had all these great teachers at the time saying these are the signs that Jesus is coming back. And they have seen after 20, 30 years, nothing has happened and so that they’re like, “You know what? Just chill out. Let’s just calm down because we have seen the same story before.”
Well, let me tell you this. If I’m in my eighties and Jesus still hasn’t come back, I’m going to be happy still looking forward to the blessed hope! Why? Because I would have had decades and decades of time to serve the living Christ. So that when I see Him, it will be a glorious day. But I’ll be just as happy, if not happier if Jesus comes back today and tomorrow because I know that I can see Him in his glory in His kingdom.
But to tell you the truth, I feel like “God, don’t come back right now because I haven’t served You enough. I haven’t done the things that You’re writing in my book enough. I want to do. I want to serve You. I want to fulfill the books You’ve written for me before I see your coming. But regardless, I look forward to the blessed hope of your glorious appearing.”
Do you look forward to the coming of Jesus Christ? Because the grace of God teaches us to do this.
So today, if you don’t look forward to the coming of Jesus Christ, perhaps you’re in your sin, perhaps you’re doing something you know is not right.
And I’m not here to give you a condemnation. I’m here to tell you that there’s grace. Today, we still have grace to repent because the judgment of God hasn’t come back yet. Turn back to the living God today.
The Desire to Do Good
Titus 2:14 it says “He gave himself up for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His holy and special people, zealous for good works.”
We should have this desire, this heart to want to do good. Do you want to preach the gospel, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons? We want to do that because God has empowered us to do that.
And today, we don’t want to contain our faith just to ourselves. We don’t want to just go to church and lift up our hands for a couple of hours and pray before meals, and that’s it. Because that is not the life that God has called you, and God has not called me to live that kind of life.
The true grace of God teaches us to do all these things that we just talked about – denying the worldly lust and ungodly things in the world. And to live a new life, a new breed, a special people looking forward for the coming of Jesus. You know, because if you do this, then you know, you look forward to the coming of Jesus.
Of course, we don’t want Jesus to come if we know we’re not living a life that is pleasing to Him. But if we know that we’re living in genuine repentance, we’re living in the grace of God, then we know that we have the blood of Jesus covering us.
In fact, John says if our conscience does not condemn us, we have confidence towards God and if we have confidence toward God, then we know that He hears us whatever we pray and ask Him.
Titus 2:15, it says “Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority, let no one despise you.”
We want to speak and exhort people today with the true grace of God because there is a false grace of God today in the world and especially in religion, in churches today that says you can do whatever you want, you can live however you want, as long as you go to church every Sunday or you pray the prayer or you give some money to the church or you have some kind of a position in the church, then you’re okay.
But let me tell you that is not okay if that’s all that we do. Because in the Book of Revelation, if you read the seven letters to the seven churches, Jesus warned believers. We need to come back to our first love, that you’re not to be lukewarm in the faith.
Go and share this with people who need to hear this true grace of God. Because we want to look forward to the blessed hope of Jesus Christ’s coming, and surely He’s coming soon and we want to be ready.
God bless you!