to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
The word of God refers to the revealed will of God. When we live in accordance with God’s revealed will, we live sanctified lives. We are not sanctified because we do these things; we are sanctified by the sacrifice of the Lamb (Heb. 10:10). But we sanctify our conduct (1 Tim. 4:5).
See entry for Word of God.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
(a) The grace of God has appeared. Jesus is the revelation and embodiment of God’s grace. See entry for 1 Cor. 1:4.
(b) Salvation. The original word means deliverance or rescue. Jesus is the great Deliverer who rescues us from our enemies (Luke 1:71). See entry for Salvation.
(c) Bringing salvation to all men, both Jews and Gentiles alike. Jesus was not merely the Jewish Messiah but the Savior of the world (John 4:42, 1 John 4:14). See entry for John. 4:42.
(d) Instructing us. The grace of God trains us to live righteously.
God does not train us with the old inducements of the law. Carrots and sticks are for donkeys, not the dearly-loved children of the Most High. He teaches us through his word of his grace via the Spirit of grace (John 14:26) and through our brothers and sisters who edify us with their words of grace (Eph. 4:29, Col. 4:6).
(e) To deny ungodliness. To those who say grace is a license to sin (e.g., Rom. 6:1), Paul offers this emphatic rebuttal. The grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness and sin.
It is a grave mistake to think we can resist the power of sin in our own strength. If we’re relying on our own resolve to keep us pure, there’s a good chance we will stumble (1 Cor. 10:12). As the old proverb says, pride goes before a fall (see Pro. 16:18). Only the grace of God can enable us to say no to ungodliness and live righteously.
Further reading: “Is grace a license to sin?”
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Purify for himself. Malachi the prophet said the Lord would “purify the sons of Levi” (Mal. 3:3). On the cross Jesus divided the pure from the dross and cleansed the sinner.
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