The Results of Saving Grace
Titus 2:11-14
"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, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds." Titus 2:11-14
In theological terms there are two types of grace: common grace and saving grace. Common grace is the favor that God gives to all people. Generally, it is manifested in the way God takes care of all people by providing for them sunshine, rain, shelter, food, government, laws, general health, etc. Common grace extends to every human alive.
On the other hand, saving grace is that favor from God expressed upon those whom He has chosen. This expression of grace results in salvation; hence we have such verses as:
Ephesians 1:11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will."
We, the chosen, have had the blessing of saving grace bestowed on us in abundance. Saving grace is based upon the love of God manifested in the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins.
Grace is not commodity or a substance. It is an action of God, therefore, it has a result. That is what is spoken of in v. 11, the grace of God that has appeared is the incarnation, the sacrifice, of Christ, the resurrection and the indwelling Spirit.
1. The indwelling grace that results in salvation also actively instructs you to turn from worldliness in this present age.
1. The Greek word for grace is charis. It means undeserved favor, good will, loving-kindness.
2. Grace is a state of being for us, and action for God.
1. We are under God's grace; He keeps us in grace.
2. Grace is God's exertion of holy, merciful, and kind influence upon the souls of His people.
3. The result is salvation. You have been turned by God to Christ, kept, strengthened, and caused to increase in the Christian faith. It works within you to develop your knowledge and holy virtues.
4. How does grace instruct you?
1. By the example of Christ and the Apostles as you observe them in the Word.
1. Consider, for example as you reflect on the humility of Christ as He washed the feet of His disciples in John 13:1-17.
2. Consider how Jesus forgave the prostitute who washed His feet with her tears in Luke 7:36-50.
3. Consider also how Paul the apostle suffered shipwreck, imprisonment, and slander and in it all praised God.
2. Grace also instructs you by the indwelling Spirit (1 John 2:27)
1. "As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit __ just as it has taught you,