READ : Titus 3:4-8
. . . he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy. . . . (v. 5)
At the heart of our faith lies the message of salvation by grace. Grace isn’t a substance; it can’t be packaged or dispensed. It isn’t available in book form or on DVD from your local Christian bookstore. Grace is God’s love in action.
God’s grace acts supremely in a particular Person. Earlier Paul had written that “the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all” (Titus 2:11). Here he says “the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior appeared” (v. 4). When Paul says that grace appeared what he means is that Jesus appeared. If you talk about grace or love “appearing,” you’re really saying that someone who embodies those qualities has arrived on the scene. Abstractions don’t walk on stage to enter the play, characters do. If God’s grace and love have appeared in the world, that can only be through a particular person. Jesus Christ is God’s grace personified: in his holy incarnation, perfect life, saving death, and hope-giving resurrection.
Trusting this grace-of-God-in-Christ is what saves us, not any good works we do. This is for sure, says the apostle Paul (v. 8); you can take it to the bank. If you know Christ the Savior, you have eternal life!
Thank you, Lord, for your incredible grace.