In the letters to Timothy and Titus Paul uses expressions that are somewhat poetic in nature and which are grand statements of faith and praise. Perhaps they give us a glimpse of the joy we should feel when worshiping God or they serve as reminder of how excited we should be to be Christians!
1 Timothy 3:16 kind of sums up the whole purpose of Jesus’ earthly mission.
Some have suggested that in 2 Timothy 2:11-13 Paul might have been quoting an early hymn.
We will also look at two statements in Titus that are beautiful descriptions of the gospel and are worthy of meditation!
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
- What do you think Paul means when he says this is a “great mystery”?
- He lists 6 aspects of the work of Jesus. List them and make an attempt to define each.
2 Timothy 2:11 This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
- What does it mean to die with Jesus (there are two possibilities).
- What must we endure?
- What will happen if we deny Him?
- What comfort is there in knowing if we are faithless He still remains faithful and He cannot deny Himself?
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
- In addition to bringing salvation to all men this passage says the GRACE OF GOD teaches us how to live. Identify (at least) 3 things we are to be doing according to this text.
Titus 3:3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
- This text teaches us not to think we are better than other people by reminding us of how we were saved. It says we have been saved and we are heirs, but how does the text remind us that we still ought to be very humble?
- In a few words, how did we go from being a lost sinner to being saved?
- Our salvation is “not by works of righteousness which we have done”. How do you understand that expression?