“The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 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.” (Titus 2:11-14)
The GRACE of God is a much bigger concept than we can ever comprehend. The hymns have tried: “Marvelous grace…infinite grace…amazing grace…matchless grace...deeper than the ocean and wider than the sea…” And if we look for as complete a pictures as the Scriptures will allow of what grace entails, we will find it more amazing than we ever even suspected. And this beautiful description of the grace of God from Titus will help us discover some of the depths.
- GRACE brings salvation. This alone is incredible and is often what is meant first and foremost when we speak of what God has given - salvation to a wretch like me. Our access to this grace of salvation is by faith and not works (Ephesians 2:8-9). God has done the work and is the One extending the gift. But grace does not stop with our initiation into Christ…..
- GRACE then teaches us. There is a program of tutorage that is led by Grace. And this tutorage works 2 ways - leading us away from that which is of the world and toward that which is of God. The work of grace does not stop when we put on Christ in baptism. That is only the beginning of the instruction that ensues. So it should make sense to us why we cannot resign to "continue in sin so that grace may abound” (Romans 6:1). To do so would insult the "Spirit of grace" (Hebrews 10:29). Grace does not rejoice with more sin. It rejoices as former sin is replaced by a purified righteousness. Hence, the goal of redemption is the purification of a people who will be zealous for good deeds, since…..
- GRACE produces good deeds. Good deeds can never be a prerequisite to grace. Such good deeds are not truly good if they are not the outworking of grace that allows for the righteous standards of God to be implemented into daily activity. As we submit to the tutorage of grace, we become God’s “workmanship” and realize our purpose as being created for good works in Jesus (Ephesians 2:10). And as we are growing zealous for good deeds, we realize that…..
- GRACE is preparing us for the age to come. We have tasted powers of the age to come (Hebrews 6:5). And our transformative behavior under the tutorage of Grace in this present age is for the purpose of looking to the final appearing of our Savior Jesus. God is re-creating a people for His own eternal possession.
To His Glory,