The three goals of grace

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” -Titus 2:11-13

This is one of my favorite delineations of grace in the Bible. It brings salvation, it trains us in holiness, and points us to the reason for it all: Jesus Christ’s return. Does grace always have these many connotations when we talk about it on a daily basis? Why not?

Ultimately, this verse points us to the very goal of the Gospel: not to absolve people of sin only to continue their lives as normal–as if what everyone really wants is to continue struggling in sin–but to free people from both the results and the experience of sin. That, in the light of Jesus’ return, is true grace.