The Grace of God in Action

by Pastor M. H. Reynolds, Jr.

Grace is often defined as “unmerited favor.” It functions apart from any worthiness or human achievement. Salvation is entirely and always by God’s grace through faith. According to Titus 2:11-13, God’s grace accomplishes four things in one’s life.

First, the grace of God proffers salvation (v. 11). To proffer means to offer for acceptance. God desires that His proffered salvation be received by men, women and children of all ages. He has provided salvation in Christ for all people of all generations. Anyone who receives God’s grace gift by faith can receive this wonderful gift of eternal life and a relationship with God. The provision is as great as the need. Salvation is not giving something to the Lord but receiving something from God. The gift of God, expressly stated, is “eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

Second, the grace of God prohibits ungodly, worldly living—it “[teaches] us that” we are to deny “ungodliness and worldly lusts” (v. 12a). Following the new birth, the grace of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit works from within the believer, causing the true child of God to renounce those thoughts, actions and habits that are ungodly (not God-like) and worldly (of this world system, which is dominated by Satan and doomed to destruction). Believers are in the world but are not to be of the world. If “everybody’s doing it,” then that is probably a good reason for a Christian to refrain from doing it.

Third, the grace of God promotes sober, righteous, godly living. It teaches us that we “should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (v. 12b). In other words, it produces important attributes of Christian character. Living “soberly” means we give serious attention to eternal things—the very opposite of self-indulgence and self-esteem, which worldliness promotes. Living righteously involves honesty, truthfulness, morality, courtesy, kindness and genuine concern for the welfare of others. Righteous living never wrongs anyone in any way. We must never “do evil, that good may come” (Rom. 3:8).

Fourth, the grace of God provides every believer with a glorious hope for the future. The destiny of every child of God is the heavenly Father’s house. We know we are on the way home. Our prospects for the future are bright. We have a blessed hope. We joyfully anticipate the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior. We eagerly await the redemption of our sinful, fleshly bodies. The grace of God in action offers salvation to all sinners, provides sanctification for all believers and promises glorification to every child of God. We are saved by grace; we are kept by grace; we are taught by grace. How wonderful that God’s grace abounds in the heart and life of the believer. May we thank God for His abounding grace and allow His grace to accomplish its perfect work in our lives every moment of every day.