Main Scriptural Reference: Titus 2:11-15, John 1:14-16
We welcome you to another chapter on this platform. We pray that as you read, grace will find you at every point of your need in Jesus name.
Our discourse today is titled Working Grace, it can also be referred to as fruitful grace. Grace is often defined as “unmerited favour” but more specifically, grace can be called “unmatched divine assistance given for redemption”. We do not earn grace, it a wonderful gift bestowed on every true believer that cannot be bought or justified through efforts or reasoning. Everything that we’ve enjoyed in Christ, everything we are and all we’ll ever become is by the grace of God. Definitely, grace is at work in us.
According to the Scriptures, grace is made available to us in abundance, even in unlimited measures. John 1:16 – “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
The grace of God that has been bestowed upon us in abundance, is a fruitful and a very potent force. It works every time and it elicits the fruits of holiness, righteousness and blessedness in every Christian life.
In many instances in the New Testament, God used Apostle Paul to remind the Christians in those days of His promises and the workings of His grace in their lives. In Ephesians 2: 8-10, Paul said,
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
We can see from this passage vividly that grace results in good works. We have been created in Christ Jesus unto goods works, under the auspices of grace and grace alone. Every good intention you will ever have in your renewed mind is a product of the overflowing of God’s grace. See, God won’t come down from heaven and literally invade the earth with His glory and good intentions. What He would prefer to do, and continually do, is to fill the earth with His glory through the actions of His yielded people through the fruitfulness of His grace in us. God has not only created us to exist, but as believers, His grace actively makes us what we should be.
The working of grace produces different results in the life of a believer. We can see the detailed explanation of such results below;
Salvation is a work of grace:
Rom 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Without the work of grace, we have no hope of salvation, no matter how hard we try without grace, we would always fail. But thanks to the way-making, justifying grace of God upon us. Eph 2: 8.
From our Bible passage we can also see how grace has brought salvation to everyone.
Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
The grace of God has been revealed (made known) to all men, it now awaits acceptance. This is the mystery of God’s grace, it is available to everyone but only those who would accept it will enjoy in its delight, that is, SALVATION.
The work of grace produces Sanctification:
Sanctification is a theological term for being “set apart from sin and set apart for God”. The meaning of sanctification comes from the root word that holiness was also translated from. 1Pet 1:16 says, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
God has commanded us to be holy and he has given us the enablement through His grace. It is only by grace can we live sanctified and holy lives. Grace makes it possible for us to lead a life that is pleasing to God. Our thinking and disposition must be transformed, that is, changed from the former ways in which we walked in ignorantly. That is what Paul is talking in verse 12 of our main text, he says, “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” God wants us to live soberly, this does not mean living unhappily or sad, it means that we as Christians should live with a sound mind and always thinking right. Our thinking must always be in accordance with the word of God.
Rom 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
We are also enjoined in this text (Titus 2), that living godly is expedient. Godly living is the direct antithesis of living ungodly. As heaven conscious believers, we are to be Christ-like and God-like in every aspect of our lives. We shouldn’t be Christians only when things are rosy and pleasant, we are supposed to be pointers to Christ and not mechanism for destruction of the lost. I pray God will help us in Jesus name. Amen
The work of grace prepares us for Glorification:
1Jn 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
It is God’s grace that prepares and gives us the hope and longing of glorification. When Christ shall appear, we shall be unashamed with a body and visage like our Savior. This is the climax of His promises. A fulfillment of all that He has promised to us who believe on His name.
I have to ask you, have you received the salvation provided by the working of the grace of God? Have you accepted the giver of grace into your heart? Do you have any hope for tomorrow?
Accept Jesus into your heart today and your peace will know no end. To us who have accepted Christ as our Lord and personal Savior, Are you living a sanctified (holy) life? Do you maximize the abundance of God’s grace? Are you prepared for His glorious coming? I pray that as you ponder and act on these questions, strength to do the right thing will be bestowed you.
Thanks for your time and continued visit. We are really excited for what God is doing in your life. See you again on Tuesday. God bless you.