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A Sermon on Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 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. (ESV)

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The Son of God appearing in human history is not simply an abstract truth. While the Christmas message objectively happened in the past, the good news does not simply tell us facts in history. Instead, argues Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the Gospel asks us to look at ourselves. The Gospel forces us to ask what person we should be? It challenges us to personally ask "What have I done with the good news?" Dr. Lloyd-Jones follows the apostle Paul in Titus 2:11-14, emphasizing how the Gospel teaches us how to live the Christian life. As we live between the first advent and the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, our understanding of God, ourselves, and this world are radically altered. This results in changed living. We no longer desire worldly lusts. Instead we long for righteousness. A sober view of life takes over ungodly living as we remember the present time and anticipate the future return of our Savior. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches us how to put the Gospel into practice in this present age, between the first coming and second coming of the Son of God.

Additional Scripture Translations

Titus 2:11-14, New American Standard Bible

11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, 12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and in a godly manner in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, eager for good deeds.

Titus 2:11-14, King James Version

11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.