Bible: Titus 2:11-3:8

2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. 1  2:12 It trains us 2  to reject godless ways 3  and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 2:13 as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing 4  of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 5  2:14 He 6  gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, 7  who are eager to do good. 8  2:15 So communicate these things with the sort of exhortation or rebuke 9  that carries full authority. 10  Don’t let anyone look down 11  on you.

Conduct Toward Those Outside the Church

3:1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and 12  authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. 3:2 They must not slander 13  anyone, but be peaceable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all people. 3:3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another. 3:4 14  But “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, 3:5 he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 3:6 whom he poured out on us in full measure 15  through Jesus Christ our Savior. 3:7 And so, 16  since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.” 17 

Summary of the Letter

3:8 This saying 18  is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on such truths, 19  so that those who have placed their faith in God may be intent on engaging in good works. These things are good and beneficial for all people.

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