Titus 2:11-15 says, “For 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. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”
Using the above scripture, I want to look at what grace did for you and for me.
The first thing we find in the above scripture is that grace appeared. John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
When Jesus Christ came down to earth he took on flesh and experienced every hurt, disappointment, and rejection that we experience in our lives. We must remember, he didn’t have to leave the glorious surroundings of heaven, he chose to because he loved us that much.
The second thing we find in our scripture is that grace brought salvation for all men. No matter where you live, how tall or short you are, how much money you have in the bank, or what church you attend, salvation came through grace in the form of Jesus Christ. This salvation is only found in the Son of God. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” You must accept this saving grace to receive the gift of eternal life with the Father in heaven. Your parents or grandparents cannot have attended church enough to get you there. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The third thing I see is that grace also brought some instruction. Everyone wants salvation from their sins, but not many want to have to change anything in their life. Grace not only appeared and brought salvation to everyone, it also brought with it some instruction on how we should live. It tells us that we should deny ungodliness, and live sensibly, righteously, and godly. Imagine that, God wants us to change after we accept Christ. There are far too many people who claim to be Christian, and yet when you watch them in society, you don’t see it being lived out. It’s time that followers of Christ separate themselves from the filth and start being the church God has called them to be.
Finally, in the scripture it says that grace brought redemption. The definition of redemption is “the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.” When sin came into the world through Adam and Eve, it separated us from God. But, when grace came down and saved all men it also redeemed us to the Father. We were literally bought and paid for on the cross of Calvary. He didn’t redeem us to sit around and play church on Sundays and Wednesdays. While going to church is important, and it’s a vital part of the Christian walk, it’s just as important to understand we have been redeemed in order that we might be about doing God’s will. It says He redeemed us to His possession so we might do good deeds. Believers should always be looking for an opportunity to do something good for someone else. The instant you’re redeemed by the blood your attitude should be focused on denying self and serving God and others. Don’t walk an aisle and fall in the pile. There is so much more God wants you to be a part of. Open your heart and allow Him to guide you to your calling.
Our scripture closes with a powerful statement. “These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”
What’s on the inside of a believer should be coming out of their mouth with authority. When you have Christ, you have everything you need to speak the Word with conviction. Don’t allow anyone to quiet your tongue when it’s speaking Jesus.
In closing, GRACE is “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense”. You were bought and paid for a price; don’t ever forget what grace did. Always live your life the way the Word has taught you.
I hope you all have a blessed week in the Lord and if you want to talk about Jesus, give me a shout, I’d love to share the hope that is found in Jesus.
Wade Phillips is pastor of Madisonville Christian Fellowship.