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Titus 2:11-14 ESV

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

One of the least understood concepts in the Bible is grace. Most people understand that grace is God’s unmerited favor; it is that, but it is so much more than that.

Grace is not a licence to sin. Grace trains us to renounce ungodliness. Grace is a drill instructor, pushing us to our limits, forcing us to stretch beyond our limits.

Grace is undeserved because we sin, but it is also power over sin. When sinless Christ died on behalf of sinners, He not only imputed to us His own righteousness, but He actually redeemed us from all lawlessness, and actually purified us! We were not only forgiven for all of our sins (past, present, and future), but they were taken away forever. We became a new creation, free from sin, and possessed by God.

Grace is not fire insurance; it actually trains you to be a firefighter!

This transformation is so radical that it takes our thoughts and deeds a little while to catch up with our new nature. We really are pure and blameless before God, but we still screw up. Nevertheless, through God’s grace we are not only forgiven, but actually victorious over sin. That is how amazing grace really is!

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