A Special Kind of Person

By Patrick Hawthorne

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11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.(Titus 2:11-14)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…”  How many times have you read this but never really comprehended what you were reading?  Read it again. This time, let’s dip down into the verse and pick out a couple of choice words for a clearer understanding.  “…grace….brings….salvation…has appeared…”

Did you see it?  This grace is referring to Jesus.  In fact, in this verse the name of Jesus is synonymous with grace.  As such, would it be wrong to substitute one name for the other?  Would it alter the meaning?  I don’t believe so.  Let’s try…

“For Jesus, the Son of God who brings salvation, has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly in the present age.”

No…the meaning was not changed at all.  As a matter of fact, the Gospels prove this point over and over again.  Ok, so if Jesus is the grace written of in Titus 2:11, and this grace is Jesus, what is the intended purpose of this grace? According to the above verses it is to be a teacher.  It is a promise of a life time of lessons taught on how to live a righteous, sober, and Godly life.

This form of grace, as a teacher, understands that we are going to miss the mark, make mistakes, and flat out sin on occasion.  Yet, this grace promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Grace [Jesus through the working of His Holy Spirit], knowing we will occasionally stumble and fall, is ever present to pick us up, dust us off, and put us back on the road towards the completion of our race.  Grace teaches, empowers, corrects, and even disciplines should we need it.  Grace is so much more than a single message of eternal salvation.  Grace is God’s love in action, in us and through us.

This grace is a promise from our Heavenly Father to equip us for our earthly walk while we wait for the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace shed His innocent blood for us in order to purify for Himself a special forces type group; a group zealous for GOOD works.  As such, grace is never to be abused nor perverted.  Grace is not a license to sin but the empowerment to win, to cast aside those things which are not pure unto God.

Notice that grace does not allow idleness.  Yes, grace teaches us that He [Jesus] is coming back and that we are to wait for Him.  However, while we wait, we are to be busy.  Busy with what?  Why, doing the will of God, of course.  We have been given a message of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18) in order to reach a lost and dying world.  We are to be His ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20).  And as ambassadors, we have been equipped to not only speak on behalf of the One who sent us, but to operate in the power and authority of His name…the name of Jesus.  The question now is, “Will we do it?”  Be blessed.

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11 comments on “A Special Kind of Person
  1. Pastor Randy says:

    Grace as a teacher! Wow! Wonderful insights! We all need that kind of Teacher!

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  2. Mel Wild says:

    “According to the above verses it is to be a teacher. It is a promise of a life time of lessons taught on how to live a righteous, sober, and Godly life.”

    Amen, Patrick. On the one hand, grace makes us right with God, free from works. Our righteousness is His righteousness; our relationship with God is Jesus’ relationship with God. On the other hand, grace empowers us to live and act more and more like Jesus in our experience as we “participate in the divine nature” (2 Pet.1:4). Any other use of grace is a misuse of the free gift.

    Great post! I love the connection to Jesus Christ and grace.

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  3. Amen, Patrick.

    Your ambassador pic made me laugh. Recently I actually saw an ad for “greeter’s training,”and thought, “oh dear Lord,are we really this lost?” We now have to go to a training to learn how to greet one another with some hospitality?? Good grief, if simply saying “hello” is now proving to be a challenge,we may be in real trouble. 🙂

    This is awesome too, “And as ambassadors, we have been equipped to not only speak on behalf of the One who sent us, but to operate in the power and authority of His name…the name of Jesus.”

    Amen,again. That goes nicely with what Jesus said when He is lost in the temple for days,or rather, His parents are lost and can’t find Him. He says, “Don’t you know I must be about the Father’s business?”

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  4. SLIMJIM says:

    I love that…Jesus is “Grace” incarnate.

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  5. Amen! “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16 … and will continue to do so. Thank You, Jesus!

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  6. wakarusaguy says:

    One other name-substitution…or rather, co-identification…I’ve found fruitful comes from Jesus’ saying “I AM…the Truth…” (John 14:6).

    Thirty years of mentally substituting “Jesus” every time I read the word “truth” in scripture has led to some new understandings. Haven’t reached the end of those yet…so “Way” and “Life” are still in the offing.

    It also works in the (so-called) “secular” world: and has oriented me well for the spiritual warfare of these “post-truth” times, in which many who claim to be Christians seem to have no allegiance to truth.

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