Salvation to All People
Date: March 18, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study and savor
S - Summarize and Share
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Bible Scripture Verse – Titus 2:11
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people."
Listen for God’s Voice
Heavenly Father, We are so grateful for the salvation that you offer to all people, regardless of our past mistakes or current circumstances. We know that we don't deserve your grace, but we receive it with open hearts and minds. As I share this scripture today, I pray that you would help us to understand the depth of your love for us. May we be transformed by your grace and live lives that honor you. Help us to be beacons of hope and love to those around us, so that they too may experience your amazing grace.
Explore History – Who wrote it, when and to what audience? Key people in the story?
The book of Titus was written by the Apostle Paul most likely between 64-65 AD, during one of his imprisonments. He wrote the letter to a young man named Titus who was a Christian leader whom he had left on the island of Crete to appoint leaders and oversee the church there. Paul was emphasizing the importance of God's grace and its availability to all people, regardless of their background or social status. He went on to instruct Titus and the believers in Crete to live lives that reflect the transforming power of God's grace, and to be models of good behavior and godliness.
Study and Savor – Key Words
"Grace of God": This refers to the unmerited favor that God shows to humankind, particularly in the form of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is a central concept in Christianity, and emphasizes the idea that our salvation is not something that we can earn or deserve, but is a free gift from God.
"Has appeared": This phrase suggests that the grace of God has become visible or manifest in the world through the coming of Jesus Christ. The word "appeared" can also be translated as "has shone forth," emphasizing the idea that Jesus is the embodiment of God's grace.
"Offers salvation": The grace of God is the means by which salvation is made available to all people. This phrase highlights the idea that salvation is not something that we can achieve on our own, but is a gift that is offered to us through Jesus Christ.
"To all people": This phrase emphasizes the universality of God's offer of salvation. It is not limited to a particular race, ethnicity, or social class, but is available to all who will receive it.
Summarize and Share
The verse is such a powerful reminder that salvation is a gift that is freely offered to us through Jesus Christ, and that it is not something that we can earn or deserve on our own.
It can be easy to become discouraged or overwhelmed by the challenges that we face in our lives. We may feel like we are not good enough, or that we have made too many mistakes to be worthy of God's love and grace. But this verse reminds us that God's grace is available to all people, regardless of their background, social status, or past mistakes. It is a gift that is freely offered to all who will receive it.
It’s important for us, as Christians, to remember that we are called to be agents of God's grace in the world around us. We are called to extend that same grace and forgiveness to others, just as we have received it ourselves. We should never judge or exclude others based on their past mistakes or current circumstances, but we need to embrace them with the same unconditional love and acceptance that God has shown us.
Never forget the amazing gift of God's grace, and the power it has to transform our lives and the lives of those around us. We must keep our hearts open to receive that grace at all times, and be inspired to share it with others. We are the vessels of God's love and grace in a world that so desperately needs it.
I urge you to take a moment today to reflect on the ways that God's grace has transformed your life, and think about someone in your life who may be in need of that same grace today. Reach out to them, extend a hand of love and acceptance, and share the gift of God's grace with them.
Bible Cross Reference
John 1:14 - "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." This verse speaks of Jesus as the embodiment of God's grace and truth, and emphasizes the idea that salvation is made available to us through him.
Ephesians 2:8-9 - "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." This verse reinforces the idea that salvation is a gift that is freely given to us through God's grace, and that it is not something that we can earn or deserve on our own.
Romans 5:15 - "But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!" This verse highlights the idea that God's grace is greater than our sin, and that it is through Jesus Christ that we are able to receive the gift of salvation.
Acts 15:11 - "No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are." This verse emphasizes the idea that salvation is made available to all people, regardless of their background or social status, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.