“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“The Revealing of Grace” (2:11)
Paul now gives us a beautiful summary of what he meant by “sound doctrine” vv11-15. The word “for” v11 reaches back through the entire chapter, affecting every class of person in the church. The summary of doctrine presents the salvation that is ours, purchased and won by Jesus Christ. It is a life-transforming salvation. We have this salvation solely upon the grace of God, on the basis of what he has done for and given us in Christ. It is grace revealed v11. The infinite, incomprehensible love of God for his fallen race. For guilty, sinful man who deserves nothing but justice, eternal punishment (Romans 3:24). Grace of course covers it all. The ransoming, propitiating, sacrificial blood of God’s only begotten Son v14. This grace has been revealed, it has appeared to all men, but not applied to all men. It is sovereignly applied according to the purpose of God according to election (Romans 9:11).
The revelation of this grace is the appearing of the mighty power of God, mercifully breaking in upon the human scene of misery, caused by man’s sin. Light dawns amid the darkness. However, inevitably, some, many even, prefer the darkness, therefore reject the light (John 3:19). Sadly there are some who right to the end of their course, reject the grace of God. The sovereign grace of God enables a person to believe, it does not overpower them so as to remove any and all responsibility from them. Grace makes a man but willing in a day of God’s power (Psalm 110:3).
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)