For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the 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 wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-14
The “grace of God” is Jesus, God’s saving gift. Because of who Jesus is in us, we can say “No” to those things which are outside God’s best for us. Jesus came with a twofold purpose, to redeem us from judgement and guilt and to produce in us moral purity so that we might be of service to others.
The plan was set in motion in eternity past by God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit who knew we would need to be redeemed. Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension were the plan for redemption. The Holy Spirit teaches us about the purity that can be ours when we accept their acceptance.
In this letter Paul tells Titus, ” These then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you”.
It is still the plan today.