12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. 15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
Grace is a great teacher – after all Grace is Jesus, and He is the truth. So He instructs His people to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in this present age. It is common to hear teaching on the grace that effectively eliminates personal responsibility in favor of libertarianism that has no boundaries or even guidelines. Such “grace” can open the door to moral and spiritual laxity that will in time, bring dishonor to the Savior and destruction of people’s lives.
The instruction further stresses the need for sharp focus on Jesus’ return when He will gather to Himself a redeemed people, liberated from every lawless deed, now zealous, passionate for purity.
The world system in our time is finely tuned to pursuing the maximum darkness, loving sin, and corruption. Grace calls us to turn from darkness and seek the light. God sees Jesus in heavenly glory and is honored when the Church matches up.