~ Three Stages of Grace in One Passage ~
The Salvation Grace Brings Us ~ “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…” (Titus 2:11).
The Lessons Grace Teaches Us ~ “…teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age…” (Titus 2:12).
The Hope Grace Gives Us ~ “…looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:13-14).
Summary ~ Salvation comes first by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Second is instruction teaching us how to live God-like lives. Finally, we wait the consummation of the full measure of grace in glory with God forever.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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