By Patrick Hawthorne
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.(Titus 2:11-14)
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…” How many times have you read this but never really comprehended what you were reading? Read it again. This time, let’s dip down into the verse and pick out a couple of choice words for a clearer understanding. “…grace….brings….salvation…has appeared…”
Did you see it? This grace is referring to Jesus. In fact, in this verse the name of Jesus is synonymous with grace. As such, would it be wrong to substitute one name for the other? Would it alter the meaning? I don’t believe so. Let’s try…
“For Jesus, the Son of God who brings salvation, has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly in the present age.”
No…the meaning was not changed at all. As a matter of fact, the Gospels prove this point over and over again. Ok, so if Jesus is the grace written of in Titus 2:11, and this grace is Jesus, what is the intended purpose of this grace? According to the above verses it is to be a teacher. It is a promise of a life time of lessons taught on how to live a righteous, sober, and Godly life.
This form of grace, as a teacher, understands that we are going to miss the mark, make mistakes, and flat out sin on occasion. Yet, this grace promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Grace [Jesus through the working of His Holy Spirit], knowing we will occasionally stumble and fall, is ever present to pick us up, dust us off, and put us back on the road towards the completion of our race. Grace teaches, empowers, corrects, and even disciplines should we need it. Grace is so much more than a single message of eternal salvation. Grace is God’s love in action, in us and through us.
This grace is a promise from our Heavenly Father to equip us for our earthly walk while we wait for the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace shed His innocent blood for us in order to purify for Himself a special forces type group; a group zealous for GOOD works. As such, grace is never to be abused nor perverted. Grace is not a license to sin but the empowerment to win, to cast aside those things which are not pure unto God.
Notice that grace does not allow idleness. Yes, grace teaches us that He [Jesus] is coming back and that we are to wait for Him. However, while we wait, we are to be busy. Busy with what? Why, doing the will of God, of course. We have been given a message of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18) in order to reach a lost and dying world. We are to be His ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). And as ambassadors, we have been equipped to not only speak on behalf of the One who sent us, but to operate in the power and authority of His name…the name of Jesus. The question now is, “Will we do it?” Be blessed.