But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Paul starts this chapter with the theme that dominated the previous chapter, encouraging us to live a life that demonstrates the character of Christ. However, mid-chapter, Paul seems to pause and respond to a silent question that he imagines his readers asking. It’s the “why” question. Why should we live this moral, godly life?
The answer is that the Grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (v. 11)! This is an accomplished fact. This “Grace” is a special person – Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christ’s entry into the stream of earth’s history is an act of salvific grace that turns each of us who’ve accepted this Grace from the road to ruin onto the road to eternal life and joy. The heart of the chapter lies in this verse (11).
As you read this chapter, celebrate the blessed hope that Christ gives you – that Jesus is coming again soon (vs. 13)! Live in Christ today. Live a life wholly immersed and drenched in the blessed hope of our Lord’s soon coming!
After all, we are Adventists, right?
Bob Folkenberg, Jr.
Chinese Union Mission