For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,…
1. We must have control over all the base passions of our nature. The monarch of himself is king of men.
2. There is to be a proper restraint over the more refined, the aesthetic elements of our nature. If you can build a fine house and pay for it with your own money — not your neighbour's, nor God's — build it, adorn it with statuary, beautify it with paintings: but make art the handmaid of religion. See to it that the more you spend on yourself, the more you give to God.
3. There must also be a wise control over our professional pursuits. Remember, this world is not all. Let eternal verities dwarf earthly vanities.
II. RIGHTEOUSLY, or rather "justly" — the word points to moral rectitude.
1. We are not needlessly to injure our neighbour. His property, person, and good name are sacred.
2. We are to render to every one his due. We must be just in all our dealings.
3. We are to strive to lead all to salvation through Christ. Our duty to man is not negative. Duty is "duE-ty." The Christian is to be Christlike: thus he will draw men to God.
III. GODLY. Regard to God runs through all our other duties; personal and relative duties must be done with an eye to His glory. But some duties refer at once to Him.
1. Repentance towards God — a heart broken for and from sin.
2. Faith in Jesus Christ. You cannot please God if you refuse to trust Him.
3. Obedience. This includes all duties.
(R. S. MacArthur, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,