Saturday, 16 June 2018
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, Titus 2:11
The word “For” is given based on what Paul has just said about bondservants. They are to be obedient and show all good fidelity in order to adorn the doctrine of “God our Savior in all things.” Therefore, “For” is based on the conduct of bondservants in relation to the doctrine which speaks of Jesus Christ. Understanding this, translations of this verse fall into one of two categories as seen in these examples:
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men
For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men
Scholars argue whether “has appeared” is referring to “the grace of God,” or “to all men.” The translation will support either thought. Whichever way, the thought is one of God’s grace being seen through the finished work of Christ. It is this which brings salvation, and all men have the opportunity to respond to it.
Depending on the translation, the focus is on either God’s plan of salvation being revealed to all men – Jew or Gentile, young or old, black or white, bond or free, etc. – so that any and all are saved in the same way. Or, the focus is that the plan was prepared in such a way that it would make the salvation of all men possible; no person being excluded from His grace. In the end, the choice of translation doesn’t change the overall truth that God has a plan of salvation which is one of grace, and that all men may participate in it.
Paul is explaining this so that the bondservants understand why they are to act in the manner in which he speaks. They are in no way excluded from salvation and heavenly reward based on their lowly station in this life.
Life application: As you can see from this verse, nothing in your life should hinder you from being completely obedient to the doctrine which is laid down for us in the epistles. Any and all should be happy to comply with the instructions which are given, because any and all are accepted because of the work of Christ. If you have received Him, you are redeemed, and your heavenly destiny is secure.
Lord God, help each of us to bring glory and honor to You with our lives. Remind us that no matter what our earthly position is, we all enjoy the same salvation. There is no distinction between cultures, colors, or position within the society in which we live regarding our salvation. We all have the same access to Your wonderful grace which has come through the giving of Your Son. Thank You for this. Amen.