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Friday, May 22, 2015

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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).

Having accepted this awesome grace and salvation, Paul reminds us that Jesus not only saves but will, through His indwelling Spirit, teach us how to live a life that honors Him and the principles of heaven (vs. 12).  The obvious result of discipleship is that Christ and His grace will lead us to deny ungodliness, worldliness, and help our life represent the righteousness of His Kingdom – even though we are still living in this present age (vs. 13).

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