Made a New Creation in Christ Jesus

When A. J. Gordon was pastor of a church in Boston, he met a young boy in the front of the sanctuary carrying a rusty cage with several birds. Gordon inquired, “What are you going to do with them?” “I guess I’ll just feed them to an old cat we have at home.” G … More

Redeemed

Paul shares how God has redeemed (Purchased) (v. 14) us from this evil age (Gal. 1:4) and we must not be conformed to it (Rom. 12:1-2). We are made a new creation in Christ Jesus because God has purified us and made us His own special possession. Since we have tasted of this  new life, we should not desire the things of the old life with its shallowness and godliness. When he speaks of a peculiar people it does not mean that we are to be strange, odd, and ridiculous in our clothing, manners, and customs. Instead, by character and conduct we are to reveal the fact that we are not our own but wholly belong to Him. As a result, we should be characterized as being “zealous of good works."

Paul concludes this chapter by emphasizing again that Titus must actively put into practice the moral precepts set forth in the preceding verses (v. 15). This means that he must continue to:

  1. Speak“ - The whole truth of the Word of God and not compromise in any area.
  2. Exhort“ - The truth to local circumstances and not slay them with a lot of dry facts.
  3. Reprove“ - Those who neglect their duty and bring conviction upon them for it.

Application

The Lord has paid a tremendous price for my salvation and I should continuously praise Him. He paid  more than I could ever hope for as He gave His life on the cross of calvary for my sins and for yours also.

Titus 2:14-15 (English Standard Version)

Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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