“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”
“ But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
The grace of God is the miracle of Christianity. We are who we are in Christ by the grace of God. Our opening Scripture tells us that the grace of God which brings salvation has appeared to all men; which means the grace of salvation is evidently available to all. How? The gospel of God’s grace is being preached unto all. Romans 1:16-17 tells us that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. Faith in the gospel makes the grace of God work in those who believe it.
When the gospel is preached, the grace of God is released unto the hearers of it. But when the gospel is believed, the power of God goes into operation to deliver what the gospel proclaims. The grace of God works by faith, which is acting upon the revelation of the Word. When the Word is preached, it must be acted upon to see the glory therein. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are saved by grace through faith, and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast. Note that grace came to us through faith. Faith, here, is not passive believing; it is believing that births an action that is consistent with the Word.
Faith is the key to walking in the grace of God. Romans 5:2 tells us that we have access into the grace of God wherein we stand by faith. The outworking of God’s grace is by faith. Hallelujah! It is also important to note what grace teaches us. It says in the opening verse that grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world. The teaching of God’s grace does not encourage passive Christian living, no! It teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. That’s not passive, is it? The grace of God is expressed by an intentional act of faith, that is acting on the Word. Don’t despise the days of little beginning. Keep acting on the Word. Don’t let people talk you out of walking in the light of the Word. Give the Word first place in your life, and you will see the grace of God work in and through you.
My Solid Front (Confession): In Jesus Name, I declare that the grace of God is at work in me. I am always in alignment with God by His Grace. I am passionate, diligent and consistent in my walk with God by His grace. I stay on the path of righteousness and I am brought into the fulness of God. Amen.
Further Meditation: Hebrews 12:14-15; John 8:31.