The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savour Jesus Christ.
Titus 2, 11-13.
It is God’s grace that offers everyone salvation. But it is not something cheap. For one thing, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, had to go into death on the cross; for another, God’s grace does not leave anyone who avails himself of it simply to continue living in sin and self-will. On the contrary, God’s grace teaches the Christian how to lead his life happily and to the honour of God in a threefold manner:
Even a true believer still has the sinful nature in him. But grace helps him to deny “ungodliness and worldly lusts”. These belong to his past, otherwise he would be abusing the grace of God (cf. Jude v.4)
On the positive side, grace enables the Christian to lead his life “soberly, righteously and godly”. Regarding himself he should be sober-minded, exercising self-control. Regarding others, he learns to act righteously, and regarding God, grace shows how he can live according to God’s will.
Grace directs the Christian’s eyes towards the future. He has been granted much, but he will only receive everything in its fulness. when Jesus Christ returns. Christ is coming again: this hope of the believer is the mark of a Christian life.