Some Aspects Of God's Grace
According to the above text:
- God’s grace “has appeared to all men” — Since God is no respecter of persons, salvation is offered to both Jew and Gentile (Acts 10:34-35; Romans 1:16; Gal. 3:26-29).
- God’s grace “teaches” us to “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts” — Our old sinful life must be rooted out and our selfish attachments to this world must be replaced by spiritual goals (Colossians 3:1-2). God does not “take away” our inclination to sin; but by His grace, he teaches us to deny the entrance of sin into our life (Matthew 16:24; cf. Psalm 119:11; Romans 6:6-14; Colossians 3:5-11).
- We are to “live soberly, righteously, and godly” — Our lifestyle should reflect the positive teaching of God’s grace.
- We are to look for “that blessed hope” — Our Lord, whose appearing signals the end of our sojourn here and our reception into the heavenly home (Titus 2:13; cf. John 14:1-6). Hope (made possible by God’s grace) is an "anchor of the soul", both sure and steadfast (Hebrews 6:19). It sustains us in time of trial.
- “Who gave Himself for us” — The purchase price being the only price by which man could be justified in God’s sight (Romans 5:6-10; Ephesians 1:5-7). To what end did our Lord “redeem us from every lawless deed?” (see answer below).
- To “purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” — a peculiar people, a special kind of people, a people especially shaped and molded to be God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9; cf. Deuteronomy 14:2; 1 Chronicles 17:22 ). God’s special people should be zealous of performing God-ordained good works, as God has every right to expect (Ephesians 2:10).