Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
a. NLT: And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,
b. NIV: It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
c. Young’s Literal Translation: teaching us, that denying the impiety and the worldly desires, soberly and righteously and piously we may live in the present age,
d. Amplified Bible: It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,
e. Worrell Translation: Teaching us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and righteously, and godly in the present age;
1. “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts…”
a. teaching [3811* paideuo] [Zodhiates: Oringinally to bring up a child, to educate, used of activity directed toward the moral and spiritual nurture and training of the child, to influence conscious will and action. To instruct, correct, chastise.]
b. us [Strong: 2248 * hemas hay-mas' accusative case plural of 1473; us:--our, us, we.]
c. that [Strong: 2443 * hina hin'-ah probably from the same as the former part of 1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare 3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result):--albeit, because, to the intent (that), lest, so as, (so) that, (for) to.]
d. denying [720 * arneomai] [Zodhiates: To deny, refuse, reject, decline, give up ]
e. ungodliness [763 * asebeia] [Zodhiates: impious, ungodly, wicked, lack of reverence, wickedness in general, neglect or violation of duty toward God, our neighbor or ourselves.]
f. and [Strong: 2532 * kai kahee apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words:--and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.]
g. worldly [2886 * kosmikos] [Zodhiates: Worldly, what belongs to the world, the opposite of heavenly or spiritual. In Titus 2:12 “worldly lusts” pertain to those desire of the world which estrange a person from God.]
h. lusts [Strong: 1939 * epithumia ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah from 1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden):--concupiscence, desire, lust (after).]
1). From the above definitions we can clearly see that the belief that grace is mostly just the “initial justification forgiveness at coming to Christ and forgiveness and restoration when we sin” is not the whole truth. As we saw in Titus 2:11 the Hebrew and Greek words for salvation consists of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing and soundness. Grace not only instructs us to “deny, reject, give up and refuse ungodly and worldly lusts”, it also gives us the power and ability to do so.
a). Matthew 5:27-30 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
b). Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
c). Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
2). Scripture is clear, we can “receive the grace of God in vain” [2 Corinthians 6:1], or “fail of the grace of God” [Hebrews 12:15]. The word “fail” is [hystereo * 5302] and it means “fail to reach the goal, fail to become a partaker, to be left behind, to fall short of the end.”
a). 2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
b). Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
3). In his conclusion of the exhortation to the Corinthian church about receiving “the grace of God in vain”, Paul did not mince words about our responsibility as believers.
a). 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
6:16 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
6:17 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2. “…we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
a. we should live [Strong: 2198 * zao dzah'-o a primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively):--life(-time), (a-)live(-ly), quick.]
b. soberly [Strong: 4996 * sophronos so-fron'-oce adverb from 4998; with sound mind, i.e. moderately:--soberly.] [Thayer’s: with sound mind, soberly, temperately, discreetly.]
1). and [Strong: 2532 * kai kahee apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words:--and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.]
c. righteously [Strong: 1346 * dikaios dik-ah'-yoce adverb from 1342; equitably:--justly, (to) righteously(-ness).] [Thayer’s: just, agreeably to right, properly, as is right, uprightly, agreeable to the law of rectitude.
c. and [Strong: 2532 * kai kahee apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words:--and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.]
d. godly [2153 * eusebos] [Thayer’s: piously, godly.]
e. in [Strong: 1722 * en en a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between 1519 and 1537); "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc.:--about, after, against, + almost, X altogether, among, X as, at, before, between, (here-)by (+ all means), for (... sake of), + give self wholly to, (here-)in(-to, -wardly), X mightily, (because) of, (up-)on, (open-)ly, X outwardly, one, X quickly, X shortly, (speedi-)ly, X that, X there(-in, -on), through(-out), (un-)to(-ward), under, when, where(-with), while, with(-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) preposition.]
f. this [Strong: 3588 * ho ho, including the feminine he hay, and the neuter to to in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom):--the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.]
g. present [Strong: 3568 * nun noon a primary particle of present time; "now" (as adverb of date, a transition or emphasis); also as noun or adjective present or immediate:--henceforth, + hereafter, of late, soon, present, this (time).]
h. world [Strong: 165 * aion ahee-ohn' from the same as 104; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity (also past); by implication, the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever(-more), (n-)ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).]
1). We are to actively live sound temperate, righteous and godly lives in agreement with the Scriptures.