Having posted the last part of a five part series today on the old covenant vs the new covenant series or simply the law covenant vs the grace covenant, I just thought it a good idea to show those who still live under the law, what we under grace have and have obtained because of grace. I am hoping that this will make you realize that you should be under grace and not under law.
Righteousness under the law is demanded by God while righteousness under grace is given by God.
This is what we have under grace:
Titus 2:11-14 (AMP)
For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.
12 It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self- controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,
13 Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
14 Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.
Verse 11 says that the grace of God has come forward or has appeared for two reasons:
1) The deliverance of mankind from sin
2) To provide eternal salvation for all mankind
Now this is the purpose of grace. How does grace do this? Grace does this by doing two things to us:
1) By training us
2) By giving us hope
What kind off training do we get from grace? Grace trains us on two things:
1) To reject and and renounce
– all ungodliness
– worldly passionate desires
2) To live lives in this present world that are
– discreet or self controlled
– devout or spiritually whole
What hope do we get from grace? Grace gives us hope that what we have been promised, will be fulfilled. The promise of the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus 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. Peter explains our hope even better
1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESVST)
Born Again to a Living Hope
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God ‘s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
This is what we have under grace. Should you not be under grace too?