Titus 2: (11) "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men," (12) "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;" (13) "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" (14) "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (15) "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let now man despise thee."
A person cannot adequately describe the grace of God. There are different definitions that people will give. But however you define it....it is a favor freely bestowed without anything asked for in return. It is an act beyond normal behavior.
It is awesome...amazing and mind-boggling.
(Verse 11) It is emancipating grace. Man tried everything and it failed him. God does not love us and did not die because we deserved it or are worthy of it. He loves us and died for us because He can't help it and wants to do it.
(Verse 12) It is educating grace. It schools us and teaches us. We need to live like we have God's grace. His grace gave us victory over our past and it can give us victory over our present. Soberly is our inward relationship-righteous is our outward relationship and godly is our upward relationship. But to live in His grace we must deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. We are all lured and enticed by ungodliness and worldly lusts. If you say you aren't then you are fooling yourself.
I've been convicted and given up some things in my Christian life...and it's God's grace that helped me to do that and helps me stick to it.
(Verse 13) It is expecting grace. Verse eleven takes care of our past. Verse 12 takes care of our present. This verse takes care of our future. We can expect the Blessed Hope. Before we were saved we possessed no hope. The grace of God found me when I had no hope and gave me an everlasting hope. AMEN!!