Titus 2:11-15
Titus 2:11 (KJB)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Appeared - Bring to light, become visible, or known
This verse is pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who brings salvation to all the Elect. The word “appeared” in the Greek is in the Aorist tense which means it is a one time act in the past but its effects are still active. Grace was active in the world before Christ came upon the scene. Abraham, Noah, Moses and others in the Old Testament were saved by grace because God has no other salvation plan. This verse tells us that the grace of God hath appeared to all men, which does not mean that all men will be saved or does it imply that the Holy Spirit indwells everyone. He only indwells the elect. One way the grace of God appears to all is the changed life of the believer as one can plainly see the change which has transformed their life. Transformation comes only through the grace of God in salvation. An unbeliever can see the change which has taken place in the life of another and in this way the grace of God has become visible to all.
Titus 2:12 (KJB)
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Teaching - Instruct, correct, or train
Soberly - Self-control or showing temperance
Righteously - Justly, rightly, or properly
Godly - In a godly manner or piously
When the grace of God indwells a believer, the Indwelling Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. (John 16:13 KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. That truth teaches us to deny ungodliness and all the worldly lusts which so easily ensnared us before we became Christians. It teaches us to be on guard for the traps which can bring us back into the bondage of sin. Conversely, the grace of God not only teaches us to avoid the worldly situations but we are taught how to live soberly, that is, in showing self-control. Even in good things we must be temperate. Let us say that as a result of a person being saved, they no longer drink alcohol but drink iced tea instead. A person can drink too much iced tea and risk diabetes because of all the sugar in there. So even in good things we must be temperate. We are also taught how to live a proper life in this world being obedient to the laws of the land and being obedient to God’s laws which supersedes the laws of the land. We are to live in a very pious manner and not one who is rowdy or riotous. It is important to note that we are to live our testimony in this present world. So many are just looking forward to heaven and are allowing their present testimony before the world to become sloppy and that must not happen in the life of the believer. How can we show we have been transformed by the grace of God if we allow our outward testimony to go in disarray?
Titus 2:13 (KJB)
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Looking - Await or expect
Appearing - Epiphany, manifestation, or light shining upon
Paul now moves from the first appearance of Christ to the second advent. As believers we have God’s assurance that the Lord Jesus Christ will return on the appointed day. (Acts 17:31 KJV) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. In our day we see so many of the prophetic signs that have been fulfilled, that the next event on God’s prophetic clock is the return of Christ on the last day. As believers, living in a very sinful world, we look for that return calling it the blessed hope. When that hope becomes sight, all pain and suffering is ended for the believer for all eternity. We will see the Lord Jesus coming back on the clouds of glory, just as He left. (Acts 1:9-11 KJV) And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. {10} And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; {11} Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. It will be a glorious day for the all the redeemed of God when we shall be taken home forever. We also see in this verse the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ calling Him the great God and our Saviour. (Isa 43:11 KJV) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
Titus 2:14 (KJB)
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
He might redeem -Set free or rescue
Iniquity - Lawlessness or without the law
Purify - Cleanse or make clean
Peculiar - One’s own or exclusive ownership of the possession
Zealous - A zealot or one who is enthusiastic
This verse focuses on Christ’s atonement as we see the effect in the believer’s life. Christ gave Himself “for us” and that is important to note because He did not die for the whole human race. He died only for His people which were predestined for salvation before the foundation of the world. (Mat 1:21 KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 tells us that Christ came into the world to save “His” people from their sins and there is no implication here that He did it for the entire world. (Eph 1:4 KJV) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: We were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and at the appointed time He came into this world and completed the salvation plan on Calvary. (John 19:30 KJV) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.  “It is finished” is one Greek word which carries the meaning of “completed.”
His sacrifice on Calvary redeemed us from all lawlessness in our life but it did not stop there. His blood has cleansed us from all those sins and now our souls are completely clean, as if we never sinned. (Psa 103:12 KJV) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. He totally removed all our sins and made our souls spotless while making them alive unto God. (Col 2:13-14 KJV) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; {14} Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Now as another result of us becoming saved through Christ, we are now a peculiar or special people unto the Lord, and we no longer belong to ourselves but totally belong to Him. (1 Pet 2:9-10 KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: {10} Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Before we were saved, we were not a people of God but according to 1 Peter 2:10, we are now “the” people of God. No one can become a child of God unless they are chosen of God in Christ. Now that we are in Christ, we are become zealous for good works and the greatest singular good work that a Christian can ever accomplish in this present world, is to bring the gospel to this dying world so God can save His elect, and then when the last one is saved, the work is over and we all go home.
Titus 2:15 (KJB)
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Speak - Proclaim with the spoken message
Exhort - Encourage or call to one
Rebuke - Refute, convict, or reprove
Authority - Speak with the authority of a command or decree
Despise - Have contempt for or look down on
Paul summarizes in this verse that we, as believers, must proclaim the message of the gospel. We are to speak this message with two tones in mind. The first one is to encourage the believers who are living the Christian life and are being good testimonies that they continue to live that way. The second tone is to rebuke or reprove, especially those who claim to be Christians but are not living the transformed life. Paul wants Titus to rebuke them with the authority of a command, that is, they are to be told in no uncertain terms that they must examine themselves to se if they are in the faith and if they are, then they need to get their spiritual lives in order. Paul also tells Titus that not to let any man despise him, that is, if any look down on him, he is not to take it to heart and stop proclaiming this message. We cannot control how others view us but we can also stop ourselves from being affected by their rebukes. If we are preaching the truth, then we can expect people to look down at us, especially if we are younger or shorter (like me). We must never feel so intimidated to the point that we stop our ministries. This is why Paul told this to Titus, he knew there would be rebukes, especially from the older men and women in the congregation but again, these rebukes must never halt our ministries. However, if a rebuke is warranted, then we learn from it and go on.