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Favor of God Appeared ~ Deliverance of All Men

September 30, 2012 by  
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Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”  I believe all men means exactly that ‘all men’ and God is not running a country club with an exclusive membership. You see, God’s plan for salvation was for everyone and it still is. Christ died for everyone but we just have to believe to be called children of God.

This verse in King James Version includes that brings salvation, which was not there in the original Greek. The verse when translated word for word as done in the Apostolic Bible Polyglot it reads, “For the favor of God appeared, the deliverance of all men.” The word translated that brings salvation in the King James Version is soterion, which is a noun derived from the verb soteria which means according to the Strong’s Dictionary to rescue deliver, health, salvation, save, saving. Thus soterion means salvation, healing, deliverance, provision and defense.

Tit 3:3-7

(3)  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

(4)  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

(5)  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

(6)  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

(7)  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Grace teaches us all things

In the following chapter, Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit explains the verse I skipped which follows Titus 2:11. Paul explains how the grace of God teaches us all things. Before we came to Christ we were children of disobedience, we lived according to the lust of our eyes, flesh and pride of life. We motivated to do and to do more. We believed in the reward system of the world, we had to work and earn.

But God’s love and kindness toward us appeared. God demonstrated His love toward man when we were still sinners. By implication when God demonstrated His love for all men, His love and kindness toward all men appeared. However, Titus 2:11 tells us that the favor of God or the grace of God has appeared to all men. It tells us that God’s grace is the demonstration of His love to us. Grace is the expression of God’s love toward all men.

This deliverance we saw, this blessing we received, this provision we enjoy, this salvation we have was not by our works. We did nothing to earn that. Saints, we never earned our salvation.  Listen to what God says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Christ is also the author of our faith, salvation is purely by grace.

Keeping the law makes Christ of no effect

The Galatian church suffered the problems that the present church has. There came some people at Galatia who taught the believers that their salvation by grace alone was not enough. They were told to keep the law. They had to be circumcised, keep the Ten Commandments, keep the ceremonial law, and keep the Levitical statutes and many other Judaism practices. Paul told them if they wanted to keep one law they had to keep the whole of it and they should remember that by so doing they had estranged themselves from Christ.

By keeping the law it meant that they were saying that what Christ did was not enough for them. Christ was no longer necessary in their lives since they now had the law to justify them. They had no need for a relationship with Christ. They had fallen from grace.

Let me reiterate what would cause all that. Paul clearly says that they alienated themselves from Christ by entangling themselves to the yoke of bondage- the law. By keeping the law, circumcision as an example they estranged themselves from Christ. Today, in many churches worldwide believers are being taken away from the gospel of grace and entangled with the law.

Grace can’t take us where it can’t keep us

Scriptures are being twisted and turned to be manipulative devices to cause saints to give in the house of God. How many times have you given out of compulsion and not joyfully? Many times we have been compelled to give not out of love but out of a desire to be blessed. Saints are being told to plant seeds in certain ministries so that they can be blessed. If what you are doing is because you want to be blessed by God and receive soterion then you have fallen into the grip of the law and Christ is not necessary in your life and you have to keep the whole law as well.

Gal 3:1-3

(1)  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

(2)  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

(3)  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

We were saved by God’s favor when we believed that Christ died for us. God adopted us into His family and gave us the Spirit of liberty and we could call Him Abba. Out of His love He justified us by faith and made us righteous. This is how we begun and we should continue in it.

 

Edmond Sanganyado is a grace blogger on http://edsanganyado.blogspot from Zimbabwe. He has been blogging on the subject of God’s grace for more than a year and has written more than one hundred articles on various subjects pertaining to the Grace of God. His passion is for believers to come to a full understanding of the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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