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Justified By His Grace As A Gift
In 1:5-16, Paul explains why Titus’ appointment of qualified leadership (vv. 5-9) and opposition to unqualified leadership (vv. 10-16) in the Cretan churches is so important, namely because there are many false teachers in Crete turning people away from the centrality of the gospel (1:11, 14). In order to help Titus and the churches recognize and oppose ungodly leadership, Paul gives 12 characteristics of false teachers and 2 action steps to take in order to prevent them from harming the church.
There are two simple truths every follower of Jesus must know. In fact, these two truths are so significant that even people not following Jesus ought to know them. Yet knowing them and applying them are two totally different things. May God give you the strength to apply and therefore be shaped by them.
After Jacob wrestles with God, he then meets Esau and his warriors. Jacob's response changes from being an attempt to atone for his own sin and appease Esau to recognizing that he was undeserving of the covenant blessing. So, he offers it back to Esau by bowing down to him. Yet, before Jacob can say anything Esau embraces him. Esau had been reconciled in his heart to his brother apart from anything Jacob had done. God was at work, both in Jacob's life and Esau's. We learn in this encounter that God is at work apart from the actions of those who receive his blessing, that the recipients of God's blessing demonstrate humility and graciousness because they know themselves to have been dealt with mercifully and graciously by God, and that while God brings reconciliation between those who have salvation and those who do not, this does not then mean that the Christian and non-Christian are pursuing the same things.
Jesus, Son of Abraham: Indebted to a Forgiving God