God’s True Grace

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Titus 2:11-14 ESV

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

There are many people today who are distorting the grace of God, and they are making it into something it is not. From what I hear from many other people, including from many preachers, is a teaching of God’s grace that is more like a get-out-of-jail-free-card. They teach God’s grace only as forgiveness of all sins (past, present, and future), the removal of punishment of all sin, and as a guarantee of heaven when you die, but regardless of how you live on this earth.

And so you will not hear many of them, if any, quoting this passage from Titus 2, because this passage here contradicts what most of them appear to be teaching with regards to God’s grace, our salvation, eternal life with God, and works. For many of them are teaching that all you have to do is just believe (not usually biblically defined) in Jesus once, and now all your sins are forgiven, and now you are on your way to heaven, end of story. Some people may talk about holy living, but not usually as a requirement.

And so many of their adherents have this impression that they are now saved from all sins, and heaven is now guaranteed them, but with no real understanding of what the Scriptures teach on the subject of God’s grace, and of our salvation, et al. For most are not being taught what this passage of Scripture teaches. I hear their conversations. And they see God’s grace merely as a covering for their sins so that they can go on living in sin scot-free. But that is the wrong concept of God and of Jesus and of God’s grace.

So, it is my hope and prayer that as you read this passage in Titus 2:11-14 today that you will take it to heart, and that this will be your understanding of what God’s grace is all about – that it trains us to say “No!” to sin and “Yes!” to God and to holy living in obedient walks of faith in our Lord. And we are redeemed from all lawlessness (from disobedience to our Lord and to his commands under the New Covenant). And we are purified of God for himself to be zealous (excited, enthusiastic) for the good works of God which he prepared in advance that we should walk in them (see Ephesians 2:10).

[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

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For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: We’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

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