“For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works” (Titus 2:11-14, HCSB).
In 1976 theologian Francis A. Schaeffer published How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture. The book (and subsequent documentary film series) traced the history of Western civilization from Ancient Rome until the time of writing (1976). Schaeffer’s central premise was that when a social order is based on the Bible and on a personal knowledge of the infinite God, it provides an absolute standard by which people can conduct their lives.
These four verses from Paul’s letter to his protege Titus not only declare the gospel but also explain how Christians should live as redeemed human beings, but a little more concisely than Schaeffer’s treatise.
Paul says that with Jesus’ first appearing on Earth He brought the salvation of God for all people. Through His life and death and the teachings of the Bible we have been instructed on how to live in this present age until Christ returns for a second time to gather all those for eternity who have followed Him in this present age.
By the sacrifice of His human life, Jesus redeemed us from the way of life according to this world to a godly way of life according to the world to come.
So, how should Christians then live?
Deny godlessness and worldly lust by living in a sensible, righteous and godly way in anticipation of the second coming of Christ!
This is why you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44, HCSB)