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June 3, 2020 10:22 pm
BJU Chancellor Dr. Bob Jones III preaches a chapel message about grace. Today’s scripture passage is Titus 2:11-15.
Welcome to The Daily Platform from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. The school was founded in 1927 by the evangelist Dr. Bob Jones Senior's intent was to make a school where Christ would be the center of everything, so he established daily chapel services today. That tradition continues with fervent biblical preaching from the University travel platform today on The Daily Platform will hear from the Chancellor Dr. Bob Jones the third, would you please open your Bibles this morning to Titus chapter 2 by now you've met your teachers, and I hope they haven't been too frightening and that you are beginning to learn a great deal from them. The best faculty in the world.
My estimation right here at BJ. You I love these people known. Many of them for much of my life. I respect them highly. I learned from them just from watching their lives and I know you're learning as well from the precepts in the classroom.
I want to talk about another teacher that I hope you also met teacher named Grace and I were introduced to that teacher in a most wonderful segment of Scripture in Titus chapter 2 getting in verse 11.
Would you follow carefully as I read the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men teaching us the denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world looking for that blessed hope and 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, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
These things speak and exhort and rebuke with authority. Let no man despise the these are Paul's words to Titus.
The young man who has gone to try to stabilize the church is and Paul is giving him instructions as the servant of God, how we should conduct his ministry and what he should say to them, the grace of God is appeared teaching us grace is our teacher wants to think about grace this morning. We talk about it and sing about it, but without grace where hopelessly undone and forever and eternally lost in and help the grace of God was manifest. Grace is an attribute of God and when Jesus Christ came he came deity and human flesh coequal with the father eternal God, and we are told in John 114 the Word was made flesh.
Christ was made flesh and dwelt among us. We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth.
What did Jesus Christ manifest the grace and truth of the father, which was also a manifestation of Jesus, grace and truth that saving grace is for everyone who will receive it. Look again in verse 11. The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. All men he didn't just die for a few he died for everybody, every tribe, every kindred, every nation, and from out of those groups. The Bible tells us there will be multitudes millions upon millions upon millions redeemed in heaven, praising God and singing glory to God in the highest and worthy is the Lamb of God came to bring grace the saving grace that was in him, to all men who would receive him. So saving grace is for two worlds the world to come. In the present world. It brings salvation that enables us to enjoy the grace of God for all eternity in glory and the new heaven and the new earth.
It saves us from the wrath to come and bring salvation and opens the heavenly world to us. But it's also a practical and essential benefit to the people of God, the redeemed of God in this world and that's what this passage would have us to understand grace is our teacher here and now, in this present world. What is it teaches. Look at verse 12 teaches us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Grace teaches us something about living differently which is required of the people God radically differently than those in the kingdom of war of the world.
We are saved by grace were taught by grace and God's free grace requires evidence from us that grace has redeemed us and in the absence of that evidence and there is every likelihood that the person claiming to be redeemed, perhaps, is not indeed redeemed it all so specifically what is grace our teacher teaching us first of all, there is something to deny there is something to deny. Verse 12 teaches us that, denying, and that it lists what we are to deny we are to deny ourselves living independently of God in this world, teaching us that, denying ungodliness what is ungodliness. It's life without God we put in on in front of the basic word and it takes away what that verse basic word says let's say you are a mannerly person, but you might be sitting the day beside an unmannerly person. They didn't even say hello to you when you set down the didn't smile at you if you're young lady and you were trying to take your coat off the guy next to you, didn't assist you in taking your coat off, that's an unmannerly thing if he is mannerly he will help you if is mannerly he will hold the door for you.
If he is mannerly he will extend kindness and courtesy to you if he's unmanly.
He's boorish, he's thoughtless, he's selfish, he's unconcerned about the world around him around her ungodliness is no godliness or without godliness ungodliness is really atheism living without God. The Bible teaches us grace teaches us that we are to deny ungodliness living as though there's no God. That's what they were doing in Noah's day and in the days of Solomon. If you look at Luke chapter 17 the Lord in his sermon, there describe something tomorrow and end of the world of Noah's day wicked worlds. Of course, destroyed because of their wickedness, but it is not the wickedness that he describes in his preaching about them in John 17, he describes them as being married, giving in marriage, eating, drinking, buying, selling, they were doing nothing wrong, but they were just doing all of those things as though God didn't exist. Just world without God.
Kind of like America today nice people in the world a lot of people trying to take care of their families been trying to work hard, put food on the table pay the rent and all of these things women trying to take care of their children trying to work out very diligently in the workplace doing manifold jobs.
Nobody I think works harder than a mother who cares for her children may have to work outside the home. In some cases as well. Tough life and nothing wrong with that. It's commendable, but when you do it as though God didn't exist. It's just all secular and everything that is done will be burned up. One day in the fires of God's judgment. When this earth is turned into a sender and taught re-creates and makes a new heaven and a new earth, everything done just on a secular plane for only secular purposes is destined to be burned up may make things a lot nicer. Right now, but it's just destined to be burned up one day ungodliness living without God in your personal life your work life and your domestic life living without God were to die. We are to teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, that's inappropriate desires in this life or someone who is a redeemed man or woman things that are antithetical to contradictory to the life of the citizens of the heavenly kingdom. So grace is our teacher tells us that there are some things we must deny it teaches us that we are to live expectantly look at verse 13 looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. Grace is a teacher that says this world is all your efforts are not in vain if they're done for the Lord there's going to be a reward for those who give their lives and dedication, and in the.
The teaching and the living and the preaching of Jesus Christ were to live expectantly for the reward and for him who will give us the reward and for him who is indeed our reward.
Even our Savior who comes back for us to take us to himself.
I feel sorry I am that I can even imagine what life would be like with all the dour news we get, and the frightening news. We often get about life in this world plagues, terrorism fully economies and on and on it goes. And we we sow.
Don't know if I can stand to turn on the television tomorrow and see what's been going on overnight.
It's too scary. I don't even know well.
Grace teaches us. We have something to expect.
That's ahead of us when the unsaved person dies that man or woman leaves behind the baskets and they will ever know, and goes to the worst for all eternity. When we pass away. Absent from the body is present with the Lord will be with them forevermore and all the good things he's prepared for those who love them will be ours. Grace teaches us that in Christ we can live expectantly. We can have the upward look. No wonder Paul said if in this life only we have hope in we have hope.
We are all men most miserable. There's the resurrection is our hope, and it gives us that life that is to come.
We live it today with expectation. Maybe some of you got out of bed this morning thinking you know Christ could come today or he might take me today I would be with him. The wonderful thing. I was flying in the school plane. Years ago I was sitting up there as I used to like to doing helping with the radios and the other cockpit duties and I said to Larry Carla my friend in the pilot for so many years for the school where we are flying in the Phoenix Arizona remembers a beautiful sunrise that morning and there was a hot hot air balloon race or something going on and below is for all these balloons rising is a gorgeous lien.
I said you know Larry just dawned on me, the worst thing that could happen to us this morning is that we should get to church. By that I meant the best thing is we should just going to heaven bypass everything else that's here the grace of God teaches us to live expectantly teaches us, there is something to become.
Look at verse 14 he gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people or a special people, zealous of good works. That's what makes us a special people. The Bible says that he's purged this from iniquity.
What is iniquities. It's lawlessness in the garden of Eden. What was the sin of Adam and Eve disobeyed God's rule only one rule don't eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They aided became lawless. They said we don't care about God's rule. We're going to live our way independently of God.
Lawless sin is Everyman. The Bible says turning onto his own way. Living in lawlessness with regard to God's way. Grace teaches us that Christ gave himself to redeem us from that kind of living. If you cling to be redeemed by the grace of Christ in your living in willful and knowing defiance of God's word is Adam and Eve did in the garden, you become lawless. There may be some lawless people here today criminals if you will, in the sight of God. He came to redeem us from that. He teaches us by his grace.
There is something different from us for love for us to become. We are by nature sinners. We are by nature iniquitous we are by nature lawless people.
It's our bent were not invented God's direction we are bent away from God. We are people of his own peculiar special people redeemed from the penalty and practices of lawlessness, lawlessness is no longer look lawful for us. Lawlessness is the only way unredeemed people can live out their rebellion to God. You and I were in rebellion to God until we got saved. But when we are saving Grace teaches us that we have something else to become living lawfully under God's rules if you will. The instructions of his word. His revelation to us of what life should look like to people who are citizens of God's kingdom. It tells us here that it is we are people who are should be known for our purity look again at verse 14 that he might redeem us from iniquity, and purify us that we might be a special people whose good works are so zealous, so evident and transparent and apparent that people know us as grace filled people. I think that even sometimes in the world, not even on the spiritual plane at all. People know that a grace giver expect something in return for the gift of their grace that we are debtors to their grace.
I want to illustrate that by something that appeared in 2007 and USA Today, the newspaper had to do with the soldier and an incident happened in Iraq. I'm reading it to you Army staff Sgt. Ian Newlin spotted the enemy grenade inside the home. The almost simultaneously he saw specialist Ross McGinnis 19 a gunner standing in the turret of the vehicle lower himself onto the grenade. The heat and flash of an explosion followed and McGinnis was killed hours later after surgery for shrapnel wounds. Newlin realize the enormity of what had happened.
McGinnis had sacrificed himself to save for other soldiers in the Humvee on December 4 quote why did he do it because we are brothers. He loved us. Newlin said so basically I try to live my life not in vain. For what he has done the guilt that those left behind is sometimes compounded by a sense of unworthiness.
They are left with a heavy burden of trying to measure up to the great sacrifice so that they could live on for some, the burden is too much he died for me.
You think about him every day and everything pretty much revolves around what he did, why did somebody go out and do something so unselfish, just so I could have the rest of my life, even in the world. Recipients of grace instinctively understand that they are debtors to the one who gave them the grace. What is wrong with us as believers, that the great gift giver. Very God himself. Expect something from us what is wrong with us that we are bothered by that that something in us.
Rich's argument got the very thought that okay I'm saying but you you mean that my life isn't mine. I can't do what I wanted to express myself the way I want to express myself and I can't win if you want to be lawless. You can lawbreakers face consequences. But you have any sense of decency in you in any sense of common obligation and you have, how can we not think God for the grace that is delivered us from the penalties of perdition and given us the life of God himself and made us heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. How can we not grateful that there is something else that grace enables us to become and how can we not seek desire fervently to become what grace enables us to become look again at what grace teaches us that we should live differently.
Talked about that already, that we should live sensibly look at it in verse 12. The denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, that sensibly that's controlled soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. That's for the here and now, in this present world. This is the result of what grace brings to us and this is the expectation that the grace giver expects of us, we should live control sensibly. Our tongue should be control the Bible James and other places.
First Peter and first Corinthians 9 don't have time to read those speak about the control of our bodily appetites in the control of our tongue and James says if we can control our tongue, we can control all the rest of us because it's the hardest thing to control.
You probably noticed that as I have in my own life.
How many times I've had to apologize for cutting tongue they rude tongue belittling tongue so hard. Grace tells us to live under control.
It tells us to live righteously.
That means, by the right standard God standard that refers to the makeup of our character. You see grace doesn't free us to live as we would please. There's a great misunderstanding and much wrong teaching from pulpits and from radio preachers and television preachers and authors about grace. The grace life. It's like okay you're saved by grace that frees you from any requirements.
Basically and you you're free to live however you want, you can live under the control of alcohol.
You can live under the control of drug you can live outside of marriage in a relationship outside of marriage and on and on it goes. And it's okay because grace is covered it all.
We're just free. This passage teaches the exact opposite of the it says that grace requires careful and restrained living in Titus 38 just the next chapter he says I will all access to Timothy. I will let you affirm constantly that those who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.
How careful are we debtors to grace that we claim to be to live carefully because of grace.
It says were to live godly. What is that mean referentially with a wholesome fear of God God in the equation of our life in the center of our life.
God and I walking together today through this day of life. Considering God's point of view, it is impossible to be understanding of grace and what it means for a person whose is saved by grace and then just live irresponsibly and flawlessly because saved by grace I'm saved by grace. Therefore, I'm a woman and I have an unwanted pregnancy. I can murder my baby it's it's okay my my body. I can do what I want to with my body if I don't like my gender. I go get an operation in fool myself into thinking I've actually change my gender or if I want to marry somebody of the same sex. I can marry somebody the same sex because I'm saved by grace. I can call marriage.
Whatever I want to call my life.
That's just the opposite of what grace teaches. My prayer is that we should come to understand the debtors we are to the grace of God and I will leave you with this question. How do you respond and what do you do when the word of his grace teaches you about the works that must be in a life that is saved by grace.
It is this teaching of the word this morning that I've tried to bring to you. I don't know how you respond.
I don't know what emotion is one of anger is one of resistance or is it one of thankfulness by the grace of God you by his grace are freed to live in the manner that only God himself through his grace could enable you to live. I pray that your response today.
Father teaches your grace is our teacher. I pray that we would learn the lessons of grace well that our lives might be lived well. In Christ name, amen. You've been listening to a sermon preached by Dr. Bob Jones, 1/3 Chancellor of Bob Jones University. Thanks for listening and join us again tomorrow as we study God's word together on The Daily Platform