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The Grace of God

by Larry Miles

“For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all men.” We find these words in Titus 2:11. This is the opening passage to the thoughts in Titus 2:11-15. This passage might be titled “Christian Living in Expectation of the Return of Jesus.”

In this passage “grace” is both a person and an action. It is evident to the reader that this verse is talking about the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus. In the fulness of time, God sent forth His Son”¦” (Gal. 4:4-5) to redeem mankind. God had promised throughout the Old Testament to send forth the Redeemer prophicied in Genesis 3:15. Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10); He came to save all mankind (Romans 5:8).

This grace is also an action. The saving grace of Jesus illustrates His great love for mankind. God so loved the world (John 3:16). It is in this action that we have the Godhead showing forth this great love towards mankind.

The main crux of the verse is that both of these thoughts in Titus 2:11 bring salvation. There is no salvation outside of Jesus (John 14:6; and Acts 4:12). Let’s embrace Jesus as our Savior and Lord and never fail to praise Him and thank Him for His great mercy “in that while we were yet sinners.” He died for us.

 

Larry Miles is Co-Editor of Word and Work and attends Cherry St. Church of Christ,

New   Albany, IN.

 




One Response to “The Grace of God”

  1. Jerry Hallett says:

    I am so grateful that I heard several sermons about grace at Linton church of Christ in my youth. In the 1970s I attended SOutheastern church of Christ for the first time. The sermon by Bob Herndon extolled the virtures of the grace of God. As soon as I got home I phoned my Dad and told him I had just heard a sermon about grace. He said, “Are you sure?” It was rare at that time.



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