|This week we focus on the study of Titus chapter two. The purpose of this letter was to advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy|
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “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.”–Titus 2 : 12-13 (NLT)
Paul brings out two aspects of Christian living that must be stressed today. “We should live in this evil world…while we look forward with hope.” Both aspects of living and looking forward are essential to our Christian sanity in this present evil age. The living is made bearable because we live for God—seeking to build His Kingdom with whatever gifts he has given us. And it is that very Kingdom to which we are looking forward. As we live and look forward, we anticipate three great benefits of Christ’s return:
Christ’s personal presence—we look forward to being with him.Redemption from our sinful nature—we long for the end of the battle with sin and our perfection in Christ.Restoration of creation—we anticipate the complete rule of grace when the image of God will be fully realized in people and when the created order will be restored.