|Titus 2:12-14 |
12 Teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [Grace is in the heart of every man, waiting for a man to turn inward to be taught and changed to become righteous, pure, and holy. A "believer" who dies still sinning is defiled and banned from heaven; grace is not an excuse to bypass judgment or Hell for him; every man is judged by his words and works.]
13 As we receive the blessed fulfillment of our hope, even the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ,
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawless deeds, sin], and purify for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works.1 [Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh (sinful nature), Gal 5:24, to become pure. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27. From the Word of the Lord within: "If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me."]
1 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts,
and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
as we receive the blessed fulfillment of our hope, even the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawless deeds, sin],
and purify for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14
Regarding instant salvation by grace: from the Word of the Lord within, "it is twisted, pernicious lies, a fatal flaw that turns aside the just." Paul's definition above is the true definition of grace. The Spirit leads us through repentance to the truth and the Kingdom of Heaven by the teaching, purifying process of the Spirit of Grace, the Spirit of God. Grace teaches us what to deny. Grace (Jesus) leads us to repentance. With our obedience to His leading and commands, grace then removes the sin, (even the desire to sin), from our hearts — thus to redeem us from all sin and purify us; deliverance from all sin is the true definition of salvation.
The gospel of Jesus promises the release from the bondage of sin, the Kingdom of God while on earth, and union with God. To realize the promises of God, you must seek Him, which Jesus told us to make our first priority in life. Mat 6:33. To seek Him, he said for us to come to Him. He said to sit at his feet and listen for Him was the good part, the one thing needed, and what will not be taken away. So we sit in humble silence as we listen for his voice and words, and watch for his revelations. When we hear his commands, we obey Him. The Bible calls this waiting on God. To wait on God is to persistently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him. This waiting is how we receive the promises of the gospel, including salvation from sin:
To those who persistently and patiently wait for him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation. Heb 9:28
And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him. Heb 5:9
By waiting on God, we receive the teachings of grace, the convictions of grace, and the removal of sin by grace, ending in our salvation by grace.
the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men:
Grace and truth comes by Jesus Christ, John 1:17, for Jesus is the truth, and Jesus is the grace of God
God gives every man who comes into the world the true light, who is Jesus Christ, so that all might believe the truth.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.
that all men might believe in it [the Light, Christ] .
Which was the true Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world. John 1:4-5,7,9
From the Word of the Lord within: "In every heart is heart-and-soul purifying grace."
Grace has appeared to all men, but grace must be received and obeyed to realize salvation.
The Spirit is given to every man, 1 Cor 12:7, Acts 2:14-18. The gospel is preached by Christ in every man, Col 1:23.
By grace the light pleads anonymously with all men to turn from evil; if a man ignores the truth, God then ignores Him. If he receives the truth and grace, he receives more grace, wisdom, and Spirit.
Peter... said , 'But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all men;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out my Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:14-18
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man for the benefit of all. 1 Cor 12:7
In the old covenant, before Jesus, salvation was only to the Jews.
Christ the light was the new covenant to be God's salvation to the ends of the earth:
I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the Gentiles, Isaiah 42:6
He says, 'It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth.' Isaiah 49:6
That the Christ would suffer, and that he would be the first who would rise from the dead and proclaim light to the [Jewish] people, and to the Gentiles. Acts 26:23
Salvation is only brought to those who heed and obey him as they persistently and patiently wait for him.
And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him; Heb 5:9
To those who persistently and patiently wait for him he will appear the second time, not to bear sin, but to bring full salvation. Heb 9:28
To wait on God is to persistently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him.
Neither is grace instantly received with "belief in Jesus" and/or water baptism, and grace is not salvation, as widely believed by Christendom.
Regarding instant salvation by grace the Word of the Lord within said:
"Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. It is twisted, pernicious lies, a fatal flaw that turns aside the just."
Christendom's lying definition of grace supposedly excuses sin in "believers."
This lie first appeared 2000 years ago, when those without patience left the true church and started preaching, as Jude describes:
For there are certain men who have crept in unnoticed, written about long ago, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lawlessness and wantonness, a license for immorality; and deny and disown our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 1:4
These men transferred the meaning of grace from the truth: that with repentance the Spirit of God commands us to deny lusts and ungodliness as it purifies us to be able to live a soberly, godly life in this present world — transferred instead to the twisted lie that grace excuses all past, present, and future sins in believers, thereby excusing believers to live in their lusts and pride as they please with no laws. By claiming grace excuses all sin, these men denied and disowned Jesus as their Lord and Master, who said, "repent or perish, and sin no more." It is not what one says that makes Jesus their Lord or Master, but their deeds — disregard and disobedience of his teachings and commands denies him as Lord and Master.
One who still sins might mistakenly argue they are redeemed from all iniquity, but not that grace has purified them!
And when the true grace has purified you from all iniquity, you see God, because the pure in heart see God. Mat 5:8
Jesus made changing grace to be available to all men by inward faith. From the Word of the Lord within:
- People have not heard of the grace of God, which separates from sin.
- So all that seek their hope through the gospel, the power of God takes hold of a man and makes him holy.
- The Sprit teaches by grace.
- Grace destroys sin.
- The Spirit of Grace both charges and removes, just like Jesus said 'repent,' and also healed.
- Saved by grace; but what about the rest of that chapter?
- You have not experienced grace until you have been raised with Him.
- Changing grace is alive in those who are confident.
- Grace brings salvation to those who have been expecting it and ordering themselves aright.
Kingdom-dwelling, early-Quaker Stephen Crisp wrote a letter to all people regarding The Plain Pathway, from which a relevant portion is extracted below:
"For though it is true, none can obey the Lord except by his grace and power given unto them, yet He has made his grace, even that which brings salvation to appear unto ALL men, as in Titus 2:11; and it has appeared in you, to whom I write, and is a reprover in you. You must turn to that which smites you; then you turn to the grace of God; for it is his grace that strives with you, to lead you out of the evil that it reproves in you, and thus out of the world that lies in the evil, up to God from where the grace comes. For whosoever give up to the drawings of the good Spirit of God, that moves in them, and in obedience thereto, deny themselves of their own wills, evil desires and pleasures; such do not lack power, but feel Him near them, who works the willingness [to repent] first, then the deed [actual repentance] according to his pleasure; thus the glory comes alone to be his.
Now you know the mystery of the cross, and how it is the power of God, for lack of which all that reject the cross complain. So long therefore as you live in the cross, you live in the power, your obedience is easy, and all things are possible to you, through it; and as long as you are daily dying to that which is corruptible, you feel the more life, joy, and pleasure in that which is everlasting; your desires grow more and more fervent after a full and perfect enjoyment of it, in the pure unity of the Spirit. As those good desires growing stronger in you, it becomes a lighter thing to you to part with that which hinders, though it is your heart's sins, your Delilahs and darlings; all must go for the love you have of truth. Such only as have this love, and continue in it, are counted worthy to be heirs of the kingdom of God.
My soul's desire is that your bonds might be broken, and your souls might escape; but this I say in the name of the Lord to you all: there is no way for your deliverance, but your giving up in single obedience to that faithful and true witness of God, which stirs and moves in you against your sins; and therefore, wait to feel your mind and will subjected thereunto, that you may feel yourself to be one of those willing people in the day of God's power. Cease from your reasonings against obeying the truth,* and from saying, you cannot [because] you lack power, and when God gives you grace, then you will obey; for these sayings are in vain."
*When the Lord has told you to repent, you are able because He gives you power to obey. "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision, nor uncircumcision empowers a thing, but faith owing to love operates with power." Gal 5:6
Hate your evil thoughts, profane words, and slavery to your pleasures; they are your enemies. In the beginning you can't totally stop your mind from sinning for your mind is carnal and the carnal mind is enmity with God, (which mind is destroyed on the cross and replaced with the mind of Christ). In the beginning you can't totally control your tongue from sinning, (which total control comes with perfection). However, you can control you feet and hands; and you can learn to control your eyes, by practicing looking away from what tempts you. The fear of God is to turn away from evil. If you don't stop sinning by reaching out with your hands to commit evil, and running to evil with your feet, you are not sincerely seeking God — you have failed to repent from the basics under your control. Turning from evil as best you can, is prerequisite to sincerely seeking God and his salvation. Obedience to what you understand, and what you are able, leads to righteousness. If you deliberately sin, when you could have chosen not to, then you are betraying your sincerity in seeking God; and you can expect to receive little to no help, until you show a true turning away from the evil of which you are able by the grace of God that supports your resolve. By your continued obedience to what you know and are able, all desire to sin will eventually be removed from your heart by the Lord's further grace.
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Pet 3:18
Therefore be resolute of mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of (you seeing) Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13
teaching us to deny ungodliness, and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world:
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
He will guide the meek in what is right and he will teach the humble his way. Psalm 25:8-9
However when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. For he shall not speak of himself, but he shall only speak what he hears; and he will show you things to come. John 16:13
This is what the Lord, your protector, the Holy One of Israel says:
I am the LORD your God, who teaches you how to succeed, who leads you by the way that you should go. Isa 48:17
But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things, and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:27
I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you shall go; I will guide you with my eye. Psalm 32:8
Cease trusting in any man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for of what value is he?.. ‘but look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God and there is no other.’ Isa 2:22, 45:22
It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Every man therefore who has heard, and has learned from the Father, comes to me. John 6:45
You must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God
through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
Who being past feeling [pangs of conscience], have given themselves over to fleshly indulgences,
to work all impurities with greediness.
But you have learned differently from Christ;
Assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. Eph 4:17-21
But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit and whom the Father will send in my [Jesus'] name, will teach you all things. John 14:26
As we receive the blessed fulfillment of our hope, even the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ,
This was typically translated as: looking for that blessed hope, instead of receiving; yet the Greek text for this verse clearly states the Greek word to be prosdecomenoio, which translates to be receiving. To those trained in Babylon's doctrines, to receive Jesus was beyond their experience; so they had to translate this to be looking for or waiting for the one-time, physical return of Christ to the whole world. Yet as the following scriptures support, those who wait on their God and obey his commands do see him; even David saw his face regularly, if not continually.
What hope do we receive? First we receive the loving teachings, understandings, encouragements, commands, and convictions of God's grace. With each revelation our faith increases, and our hope increases, motivating us to spend even more time waiting on God's commands and teachings. As we follow the commands of Jesus that we hear, little by little, we experience the gradual, miraculous release from sins, validating our efforts and motivating us to persevere to the end, which John explains how our purification results in receiving our ultimate hope:
Beloved, now we to be God's children, and it does not yet appear what we will be,
but we know that when he appears, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.
And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He [Jesus] is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
The face of Jesus appears in your heart:
- For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:16
- And all of us, as with an unveiled face, behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, and are changed into the same image from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Mat 5:8
- Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we will be, but we know that when he appears, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He [Jesus] is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
- And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in [depends on, trusts, and obeys] him, may have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40
- And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him; Heb 5:9
- This is the second appearance, the revealing (revelation) of Christ, in the hearts of individual believers;
in those who have prepared the way for him in their hearts for the Lord to enter, be revealed, and rule as Lord.
- He, who has been hidden within, is revealed. As Paul said: it has pleased the Father to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him.
- The morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Pet 1:19
- I, Jesus.. am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star. Rev 22:16.
- He who overcomes, ..I will give him the morning star. Rev 2:26-28
- As the lightning comes out of the east, and shines to the west; so also will the coming of the Son of man be. Mat 24:27.
- Jesus is resurrected in us to be our true Lord. 2 Cor 4:14, Col 2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:6.
Grace is a process of purification, the end of which is to see Jesus bring your salvation and eternal life:
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Pet 3:18
Therefore be resolute of mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Pet 1:13
Keeping yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring eternal life. Jude 1:21
He only appears to those who, having obeyed his commands in love of the Lord, become pure. Jesus clearly explains this in John 14:21-24 below:
He who has my commands, and obeys them, it is he who loves me; and he who loves me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will show myself to him.
Then Judas, not Iscariot, said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will show yourself to us, and not to the world?"
And Jesus answered and said to him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my words [obey me, practice my teachings]; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.
He who doesn't love me, does not keep [and obey] my teachings; and the teachings that you hear are not mine, but are the Father's who sent me. John 14:21-24
The New Testament is full of references to the second appearance of Jesus being then, not thousands of years later. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming in the clouds with the Kingdom before they died. Later Paul, Jesus in Revelation, Peter, James, and John, — all said, soon, the time is near, a little while, he stands at the door. Christendom blithely ignores this gaping incongruity between what the Bible plainly states vs. what they are taught by their blind guides. It would be a cruel hoax to be waiting on Him to appear if the past 100 generations of believers actually had no hope of ever seeing Him.
There is an entire web page on this site devoted to this second appearance: The Second Appearance of Jesus is Within the Hearts of Purified Believers.
who gave himself for us
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God, he should taste death for every man. Heb 2:9
Who gave himself as a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Tim 2:6
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
Grace and truth comes by Jesus Christ, John 1:17.
that he might redeem us from all iniquity
Having then been set free from sin, you became the slaves of righteousness. Rom 6:18
But now being made free from sin, and having become slaves to God, you have the fruit [reward] of holiness, and at the end, everlasting life. Rom 6:22
Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9
We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but God protects the one he has fathered, and the wicked one does not touch him. 1 John 5:18
And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Acts 15:9
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery, and an inheritance among those who are sanctified and purified by faith in me. Acts 26:18
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. James 4:8
Since you have purified your souls by obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers, see that you love one another fervently with a pure heart. 1 Pet 1:22
And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He [Jesus] is pure. 1 John 3:3
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly [sin]. And none of the wicked [those still sinning] shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10
Call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22
for himself a people who are his very own
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh (sinful nature) with its passions and desires (lusts and affections), Gal 5:24
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to come to all the riches of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, which is, Christ. Col 2:2
For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 1 Cor 12:12
I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one, John 17:23
zealous for good works. God makes us a fit instrument for his hand to direct in works of love, to show the world the love of God, to shake the nations, and to hold out the word of life. God's works are performed by his people with great joy because they know all their words and deeds are perfect and virtuous, which glorify and honor God; thus they are working true righteousness.
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawless deeds, sin], and purify for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works. Tit 2:14
For it is God who brings forth in you, both the will (to work) and the works (as commanded), according to his good pleasure. Phil 2:13
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has ordained before that we should walk in [doing good works]. Eph 2:10
Now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you what is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Heb 13:20-21
That you might walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing in all things, being fruitful in every good work. Col 1:10
But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God. John 3:21
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Mat 5:16
Therefore if a man purges himself from the latter, [iniquity, lawlessness, sin] he will be a vessel of honor, sanctified and ready for the master's use, and prepared for every good work. 2 Tim 2:21
See True Grace vs. False Grace for additional doctrine regarding grace. See How to Receive the Changing Power of God for how to realize grace.