For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. (Titus 2:11 [ISV])
I could not talk of salvation and eternal life if it were not for grace. The word grace is greater than we normally care to understand. It has brought whole new meaning to life and it has place hope where it otherwise could have not existed. This word grace only made sense after man’s fall to sin, that’s when it actually seem to exist because it became applicable after the fall. Grace is the action that swung to play after the fall. (1Cor 3:11 [KJV]) “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” We know it existed before the foundation of the world, yet its impact would be felt after the fall of Adam.
God’s grace became evident as soon as Adam sinned; it was revealed through the first action of God to come down and provided hope. God made it clear then that he will redeem man from his state and return him to the former glory; that was grace in action. He then, put in place the sacrifices which revealed practically God’s act of grace; something they will see and demonstrate in their daily sacrifices and their worship. It was God’s clear plan; a blue print of what grace will accomplish. We know today that, Christ is the sacrificial lamb of God for our sins, just as they knew then that God will provide the lamb for their sins. “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 (NET)
To the people of old the grace had been revealed to all. The grace was not a secret nor was it for the privileged few, it was for all people since Adam; therefore, it was imperative that it be known to all for them to make their own choices to embrace God’s grace. It is not imposed, it is a matter of personal conviction and acceptance. The public appearance of God’s grace reveals His love for all, and to make known to all that Jesus is our sacrificial lamb provided by God for our sins; and to accept Him will lead to life eternal.
Then, time came and Jesus was revealed. This was Emmanuel “God with us”. And at the appointed time the sacrifice was made complete on the cross where it was declared “it is finished”. That appearance was made public and today the world knows the birth and death of Jesus. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 [KJV]). Some know what it means to them but many do not know that their eternity hangs on that precious name of Jesus. And so, we must make it known to them that the grace of God was revealed so that they can be redeemed.
“We owe everything to grace, free grace, sovereign grace. Grace in the covenant ordained our adoption. Grace in the Saviour effected our redemption, our regeneration, and our adoption to heirship with Christ.” – God’s Amazing Grace p.54