This is an interesting passage of scripture in that there seems to be a contradiction. It seems to say, on the one hand that the grace of God has been revealed and yet, on the other hand, we are in fact, still waiting for the wonderful day when Jesus Christ will be revealed. However, it is that very act of Jesus giving his life that is, itself, the act of God revealing his grace. That God’s son, Jesus, would suffer death in order to pay the debt of all our sins, is God’s great act of grace. That he should take the punishment upon himself is astonishing enough, but that he should do it before we ourselves turned from our sins is mind blowing! So, seeing that we have received the gift of ultimate freedom and close communion with God, it seems the very least we can do, is pay attention to the wisdom and truth he has given us in the scriptures, and apply it to our lives.
Titus 2:11-15 NLT
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. You must teach these things and encourage the believers to do them. You have the authority to correct them when necessary, so don’t let anyone disregard what you say.
Repentance, I have observed, is often perceived by non believers as a miserable thing to do. Many of them are of the opinion that to turn from a godless living and sinful pleasure must mean that they will no longer enjoy any pleasure anymore. This is a view point held mostly by those who have not yet realised that they are actually completely enslaved by sin. I think it could be said therefore, that salvation is a bit like having a “eureka” moment, or a “light bulb” realisation. As soon as you understand that you are a slave to sin and that by following The Lord’s commands you can be free of sin completely and you claim that freedom through Jesus, you are saved. I have been trying hard to make this repentance a daily goal and will continue to do so.
Jeremiah 51:1-53, Titus 2:1-15, Psalms 99:1-9, Proverbs 26:17