Titus 2: Grace

11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” -Titus 2:11-14

Grace. We use it to refer to mealtime prayers and evening blessings. Mothers use it to name their daughters. British examiners use it offer a “pass” in a course. Whenever grace is used, we speak of it positively, communicating favor and blessing.

Why? God speaks of grace as foundational to our relationship with him. Grace leads in salvation, teaches us to stand against selfish living, and guides us toward what is right. Further, Paul’s letter to Titus reveals that this same grace strengthens us as we wait for the “blessed hope”–the appearing of Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will experience grace in all its fullness, enjoying eternity in the presence of the One who created us, sustains us, and loves us.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

Ephesians 2: By Grace Through Faith

“8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9

The number one question about salvation is how to obtain it. Every religion of the world includes a mechanism or ritual to obtain right standing or preparation for the afterlife. Christianity is unique in one key respect–our salvation is based on what God has done, not what we do.

Paul made this clear in Ephesians 2: “…by grace…through faith…not from yourselves…it is the gift of God…not by works.” We do nothing to earn it. Even our faith would never originate apart from God’s grace drawing us to himself.

When others teach a list of do’s and don’ts to get to heaven, remember “by grace…through faith.” When you are personally tempted to think, “I’m not good enough. God will never accept me,” do not believe the lie. God loves you and accepts you by face.

His grace is sufficient.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.


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