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Our Hope: The appearing of Jesus Christ

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Our Hope: The appearing of Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-14) by Khai

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Our Hope: The appearing of Jesus Christ

  1. 1. Our hope : the appearing of Jesus Christ Titus 2:11-14
  2. 2. Titus 2:11-14 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 NKJV)
  3. 3. Titus 3:4-7 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7 NIV)
  4. 4. Titus 2:11-14 & 3:4-7 Great Theological Passages Salvation past, present, and future Christology the person and work of Christ Pneumatology the person and work of the Spirit
  5. 5. Titus 2:11-14 & 3:4-7 Great Theological Passages about gracious working of God on behalf of His people point us to the transforming power of both the first and second epiphanies (appearances) of Christ why believers in Christ can and should live a godly Christian life
  6. 6. Titus Theme: Good Works in Life of Christians The book of Titus strongly stresses the need of good works in the lives of Christians. “godliness” (2x) “good deeds” or “good works” (4x) list of moral qualities that characterize godly leadership and behavior (3x [cf. 1:1, 6-9, 16; 2:1-10, 14; 3:1-3, 8, 14])
  7. 7. Who Should Live Godly Lives? 1:6-9 quality of an elder of the church v1-8 about right behavior of older men, older women, women & younger men. v9-10 bondservants are to "adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things." [v11-14 one sentence in Greek. Starting with 'for']
  8. 8. Grace of God Titus 2:11 cf 1 Tim 1:9-10 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that.... He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:9-10 NIV)
  9. 9. Manifestation of God's Grace Titus 2:11 First coming of Christ in His entire earthly life— birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Christ is the grace of God personified and the epitome of God’s grace. Grace (Charis) - unmerited favor, kindness Christ provided redemption which is free.
  10. 10. Grace of God Appeared Titus 2:11 Appear (epephane) - shining out like the sun, dawning of light upon darkness. cf Malachi 4:2 ...The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings. cf Matthew 4:16 "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”
  11. 11. Grace of God Appeared Titus 2:11 Jesus Christ as the Sun of Righteousness breaking forth in human history to penetrate the moral and spiritual darkness of the world. Jesus Christ brought salvation
  12. 12. Salvation (Soterios) The salvation brought to us through the Lord Jesus encompasses: the past (saved from sin’s penalty), the present (being saved from sin’s power), the future (ultimate glorification in a resurrection body without the presence of sin).
  13. 13. 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Looking for, awaiting (prosdechomenoi) we should live … by waiting expectantly for the happy fulfillment of our blessed hope…” Expectation of the Blessed Hope
  14. 14. Christ Second Coming for us means: translation (the rapture of the church to meet the Lord in the air), transformation and glorification (glorified resurrection bodies), reunion (meeting loved one and friends who have died in the Lord), Blessed Hope & Glorious Appearing
  15. 15. Christ Second Coming for us means: examination and remuneration (evaluation for and the giving of rewards for faithful service), reigning with Christ in the glorious future that follows (1 Thess. 4:13f; 2 Tim. 2:10-13; 1 Cor. 3:12-13; 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 2:16; 3:21; 5:10) Blessed Hope & Glorious Appearing
  16. 16. v13 ....glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ Greek grammar (the Granville Sharp rule): only one article governs the two nouns = the nouns are referring to the same thing Great God = Savior Jesus Christ The Glorious Appearing
  17. 17. 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 2:14 NKJV) Christ gave Himself for us with a twofold purpose—one negative and one positive. Intention of God’s Redemptive Plan
  18. 18. From the negative standpoint, He died in our place “in order to set us free (to ransom or redeem us) from every kind of lawlessness”. The ultimate purpose and grace of God's purification is that we might become fit to be a people “who are truly His” or “a people for His own possession”. Intention of God’s Redemptive Plan
  19. 19. This present age is evil Christ.. gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (Galatians 1:4) But we are not taken out of it Instead we are to be transformed by God And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV) The Present Age
  20. 20. Instruction of God's Grace Titus 2:11 Reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
  21. 21. past, present, and future Past: the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men v11 Future: looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ v13
  22. 22. past, present, and future Present: live in the purpose of God—a people who are God’s very own possession and who are zealous for good works. v12 ... brothers and sisters.When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NIV)
  23. 23. Paideuousa Teaching,Training, Instructing Means "to train a child" which encompasses all that is involved in the training process— teaching, correction, discipline, and encouragement.
  24. 24. Essence of the Instruction Turn from the negative negative: ungodliness and worldly lusts ungodliness (asebeia): a lack of reverence for God that expresses itself in a complete disregard for God in thought and in actions. all things contrary to God
  25. 25. Essence of the Instruction Turn from the negative worldly lusts the world system is used by Satan to seduce men from God and to contaminate their lives with Satan’s system and values. the design of this world system is the elimination of dependence and trust in God
  26. 26. Turning from the negative to the positive Negative: denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, Positive: live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, Essence of the Instruction To the positive
  27. 27. Romans 6:5-14 (putting to death and bringing to new life); Ephesians 4:22-32 & Colossians 3:8-14 (putting off and putting on); Galatians 5:16-26 (the works of the flesh versus the fruit of the Spirit) From the Negative to the Positive
  28. 28. Godly Soberly Righteously UprightSelf-controlled Me Others God relation!ips
  29. 29. 1. “Self-controlled” relates to one’s personal life so that we are free under God’s control to overcome life- dominating patterns. 2. “Upright” relates to one’s relationship with others or to our neighbour in fairness, integrity, honesty, and truthfulness. 3. “Godly” pertains to one’s relationship with God in that one’s life is centered on Him as the primary object of worship and on His will and purposes.This forms the foundation and source of motivation and control for the other two relationships. Self-Controlled, Upright & Godly
  30. 30. According to a ChristiaNet survey: 50% of Christian men are addicted to pornography. And it’s not just a “guy-thing;” 20% of Christian women are addicted to pornography, and 60% of Christian women admitted to significantly struggling with lust. pornography
  31. 31. Christianity Today found that: 37% of pastors admit that they struggle with Internet pornography 51% say it’s a source of temptation. 57% said that addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue in their church. pornography
  32. 32. 2014 Pornography Survey of Christian Men: Shocking new national survey reveals high levels of pornography use and rampant extramarital affairs among Christian men Statistics for Christian men between 18-30 years old 77% look at pornography at least monthly; 36% view pornography at least daily; 32% admit being addicted to pornography (and another 12% think they may be). pornography
  33. 33. Statistics for middle-aged Christian men (ages 31-49): 77% looked at pornography while at work in the past 3 months; 64% view pornography at least monthly; and 18% admit being addicted to pornography (and another 8% think they may be). Proven Men Ministries (www.ProvenMen.org), a non- profit organization dedicated to helping men break free from pornography. pornography
  34. 34. Those who identify themselves as born-again Christians have similar struggles with pornography and affairs: 95% admit that they have viewed pornography; 54% look at pornography at least once a month; 44% viewed pornography at work in the last 90 days; 31% had a sexual affair while married; 25% erase Internet browsing history to conceal pornography use; and 18% admit being addicted to pornography (and another 9% think they may be). pornography
  35. 35. To forsake godliness is to despise the sacrifice of Christ
  36. 36. God enabled us to live productively in a fallen world Zealous for Good Works
  37. 37. The motivation for the present good works looks both ways—to the past and to the future. We should be motivated to faithful service and good works as we: (1) reflect back on what Christ has done for us and why, and (2) as we wait expectantly for His blessed and glorious appearance for us. Zealous for Good Works

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