1. First, let us inquire, what is this doctrine of God our Savior?
The chapter in which the passage occurs, affords us all the answer we need. Paul is instructing Timothy how to teach and preach the gospel to his converts [they are already saved–moving them into the Kingdom of God]. He specially applies the gospel to “aged men,” “aged women,” “young women,” “young men,” to himself, as a “pattern of good words,” and to “servants;” and in this latter connection, comes in our text. This exhortation is then enforced as well as explained in these remarkable words:–“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”