“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; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
The grace message is the message of Jesus Christ that reveals the purpose of God for humanity. Grace is God’s goodness revealed to man to restore him back to glory and dignity. Our opening Scripture tells us that the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, which means that grace alone can bring salvation; nothing else can. Works cannot bring salvation; human efforts and exertions cannot save. Grace alone can.
The Word tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9 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. Hence, salvation is the work of grace, not a product of human effort. It further reveals that the grace of God that brings salvation which has appeared to us teaches us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world. In essence, God’s grace saves us without our works and teaches us to live soberly, righteously and godly; not sinfully or ungodly.
It is evident that God’s grace does not teach us to live sinfully because the Word tells us that we cannot continue in sin that grace may abound, certainly not! (Romans 6:1-2). God’s grace is His goodness to us that forgave our sins in the Person of Jesus Christ His Son and His empowerment to live above the weakness of the flesh by the power of His Holy Spirit at work in us, for if the Spirit of Him that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, He that raised Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) our mortal bodies from sinfulness (Romans 8:11). God’s grace saves indeed and absolutely; it doesn’t only offer forgiveness and justification, it also offers strength to live above sin and its cravings, because sin shall no longer have dominion over us for we are not under the Law but under Grace.
My Solid Front (Confession): Father I thank You for showing me the essence of Your grace given to me. By the same grace that saved me from sin, I live above sin, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.