Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world."
In these brief words within these two scriptures there is so much said. It is clear that the weight of teaching lies in the understanding (of the grace of God), if we are to understand salvation. I think it is profound that when the grace of God is clearly spoken, it has an ongoing presence of teaching us. It did not say has taught us. It is an immediate presence of the Holy Spirit through the power of grace to cause us to be transformed and changed. The impact of grace is so strong that its interest and strength allows us to live free from worldly lusts. I think I can say that we can preach against the world and all of its lusts or we can teach and preach the grace of God which once empowered in our lives dissipates, denies, and restricts the world and its influences upon us.
This grace of God that Paul speaks about is connected with righteousness. Righteousness is clearly knowing who we are in Christ and what He has done for us through the work on the cross. We no longer live under condemnation and the power of it. The Holy Spirit empowers us through the teaching of grace (to live godly). This grace empowers you to live in the world in victory. We are not praying, “Make the world go away”, but we agree with God’s empowerment in us while we live in this world. So often the picture of religion is to transcend and leave the world behind. Christianity, in the power of grace, brings us down and into the human condition with grace (God’s favour upon us). Most religions teach people an ascendancy teaching. In other words, they are trying to get away from the world and all its influences into a more meditative contemplative state. The gospel of grace is a clear picture of God transcending and coming to man. It is the powerful story of Christ nailed to the cross because He so loved us. Grace teaches us that we are in the world, but we not of the world. It teaches us not to be a part of this world system, but to be in the world as salt and light, drawing others to Jesus Christ. I am not trying to keep myself, but I am kept by the power of God. In conclusion, the teaching that says that teaching grace is a license to sin is difficult and impossible for me to accept. If you want to sin that badly, you need to get saved.