Tuesday 17 December 2013

The divine pedagogy

"For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright and godly lives in this world..." (Tit 2:11-12 RSVCE)

"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" (NIV)

What is translated as 'training' or 'teaching' here is paideuousa hmaV. God is educating us, leading us by the hand, so that we might renounce irreligion - or ungodliness - and worldly passions. I like this: God educating us, leading us by the hand. This text does not talk about dramatic transformation - and really, not even Paul's conversion was total and instantaneous. It talks about God leading us by the hand, through the ups and downs of life, bringing us to himself, to become like him. 

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