Teaching Grace

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11‑14 (NIV)

We don’t usually think of the grace of God teaching us, but this passage is quite clear. It reminds me of the disciples and apostles of the Lord having to learn so many things about trusting God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus told them, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29‑30, NIV). Jesus is a most excellent teacher—I wish all my teachers had such perfect patience and wisdom.

The subject matter is God’s grace and truth. All of the prospective students know nothing about this subject. The desired outcomes can be summed up as “godly living” (v. 12). This college of grace has one perfect student who upon Graduation became the Headmaster. We’re all on distance learning now, but the Headmaster will return one day. At that time all that we’ve learned will be evident.

Why do we need to learn about this? Because we don’t know anything about it and Jesus Christ is perfect example to show us what the grace of God is. The Gospel of John puts it like this: “Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. 17 God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father’s side, he has made him known” (John 1:16-18, GNT).

The text says that Christ “gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” It’s meant to be an encouragement. You don’t have to have to be good enough, pay tuition, have all A’s. You can’t get scholarships, merit or cheat your way to the top of the class. This teacher is so good, adept and understanding that just being with Him will have an effect on you. Mary and her sister Martha are a great example of this in the Gospel of Luke: “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ 41 ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:38-42, NIV). Let us learn to take our questions and concerns to Jesus and also learn sit at Jesus’ feet, that the grace of God would teach us.