For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,Titus 2:11(NASB)
The grace of God is not a formula to be discovered through scientific means, nor is it a mechanism to be made, or a code of practice to be adopted. The grace of God is not an invention to be created out of man's intellectual skill, technological expertise, creative ability, or artistic imagination.
The grace of God appeared on earth in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the power of God and the wisdom of God, and through Him alone was salvation brought to all men (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God - and the wages of sin is death but the gift of God's grace is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord Who appeared in Person, bringing salvation to ALL men).
The grace of God was revealed through the incarnate Son of God Who is the Word of God made flesh. Christ is the visible representation of the invisible God and He appeared on earth as the fulfilment of God's gracious promise to a lost world of fallen sinners. Yes, the grace of God was made manifest in the unique God-Man, the Lord Jesus Christ Who brought salvation to all men so that all who believe on His name will not perish but have everlasting life.
Grace is not only God's unmerited kindness and favour that is poured out in liberal abundance on those who do not deserve it, it is also God's unfathomable mercy that does not punish fallen man what we truly deserve - for Christ was made sin in our place.
We are not only saved by grace through faith in Him, but we are to be continuously sanctified by grace through faith in Him and to live our earthly life by grace through faith and dependence and trust in our Saviour Jesus Christ. And one day we will be glorified by grace through faith in Christ Who brought salvation to whosoever will.
Christ alone redeems our lost and hopeless status with His saving grace and returns us into fellowship with the Father and in union with Himself. Christ transforms our inner man by His sanctifying grace, through discipline and training in our daily life so that one day we will be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And in the future Christ will reward us by grace through faith, simply because Christ appeared bringing salvation to all who would trust in His name.
Praise God for His justifying grace, His illuminating grace, His comforting grace, and His strengthening grace. Praise God for His healing grace, His enduring grace, His overcoming grace, and His sustaining grace. Praise God for the grace He provides for living, for the grace to suffer, the grace to face persecution, and for dying grace at the end of our pilgrimage. And praise God that His grace is sufficient for all eventualities. Thank You, Father, that at Your appointed time, grace appeared the Person of Jesus Christ, bringing salvation to all.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your unfathomable grace in sending Jesus to bring salvation to a lost and dying race. And thank You for redeeming me. Give me a deeper understanding of what Your amazing grace has accomplished in my life, and may I live each day to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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