Titus 2:11-12 (NLT)
11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.
12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God.
The Apostle Paul’s letter to Titus emphasizes the importance of maintaining good works. However, Paul reminds Titus that God’s grace brings a new nature. This new nature is the divine nature; therefore, good works are to be a product of saving grace, which results in the expression of the divine nature. The emphasis of Paul’s letter to Titus is on doing good works; the theme of Paul’s letter to Titus is that good works are to be a result of embracing God’s grace and receiving God’s love personally.
Paul admonished Titus to tell the people that God wants those who have placed their faith in Christ to devote themselves to good works. Good works equate to expressing the divine nature. In other words, those who have received God’s grace should display it by expressing the divine nature. The idea here is that we would so embrace God’s love for us personally that the divine nature would flow through us automatically.
Paul provides a motive for good works by explaining the rationale for the Christian life. Christ followers are expected to live godly lives because they have received the divine nature. In other words, the inward expression of receiving the divine nature (a new attitude) should be reflected in our outward lives (with new actions).
One of the challenges of the Christian witness today is the inconsistency of professed Christians. Titus 1:16 says it this way: “Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live.” Many believers today are still expressing the old sinful nature instead of relying on God’s grace to express the new divine nature. The idea here is to trust the spirit of grace (the Holy Spirit) to manifest the ability of your new nature in order to live a godly life.
The divine nature within me also forces me to recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence, and the divine nature (the Holy Spirit’s presence) is to be the basis for Christian living in every area of my life. Simply put, faith in Jesus changes human beings, and that change is to be expressed in our daily lives as we rely on the help, and live by the power, of the Holy Spirit. Christianity becomes attractive when believers rely on the Holy Spirit to express the divine nature.
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