"His Grace Reaches Me"

Paul once reminded Titus that the grace of God that brings salvation has "appeared to all men" (Titus 2:11). Due to mankind’s deliberate act of transgression (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:12-17; 1 John 3:4) he separated himself from the love and protection of God (Isaiah 59:1-2; Ephesians 2:1).

Those folks who choose to break the commandments of the Lord, destroy the beautiful relationship they once enjoyed with the Creator. However, God has so loved mankind as to make a way for him to return to His Creator (Hosea 14:1-4; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8). The New Testament writers utilized the word grace to describe God’s intense love for mankind — His crowning creation (Genesis 1:26-27,31).

Grace is defined as God’s favor which mankind in and of himself does not deserve. However, God’s grace must be appropriated by man through acts of faith (Romans 4:1-8; Hebrews 11:8; Hebrews 11:17-19; James 2:21-24).

Titus was reminded that God’s grace had indeed appeared to all men in the form of the preaching of the gospel of Christ (Titus 1:1-3). Luke recorded Paul as saying that he testified to the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24). Therefore we can know for sure that where the gospel has gone, so has the grace of God gone also. It is certainly true that the Grace of God has forever been manifested for all at Calvary, but the crucifixion will do no good to the one who has no faith in the crucified One (John 8:24; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:17).

Yes, “His grace reaches me” — and not only me, but it reaches to all who will gladly receive His word and be obedient to it (Acts 2:38-41; Acts 10:34-43; Acts 10:48; Acts 11:14; Romans 6:16-17; Hebrews 5:8-9). The Grace of God is not like a sword, forcing men to be saved — rather, it’s similar to a clear flowing fountain of pure, and refreshing water that earnestly bids all to come and drink freely (Revelation 22:17)

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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