Monday, July 30, 2012

Salvation in Titus--The Appearing of Salvation

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.
Titus 2:11

Appeared—Epiphaino—in the passive voice, which it is here in this versed, it means to show oneself clearly, to be made known, to come quickly and unexpectedly.

Before Christ salvation was promised, but not seen nor fully known or realized. (Genesis 3:15, 12:3, 22:18, 26:4-5, 28:14; Galatians 3:8; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Jeremiah 31:33-34, 32:40, Hebrews 11:39-40).

In Christ salvation has been revealed and clearly seen.  (Luke 1:76-79, Luke 3:6)

In Christ the grace of God was fully revealed. (John 1:14-17)

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love
for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of
deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according
to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing
by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly
through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Titus 3:4-6

Kindness—Chrestotes—a moral goodness which leads to a kindness of disposition, makes one disposed to be kind

In Christ we see the kindness of God in making salvation available to mankind. (Romans 2:4, Ephesians 2:7, I Timothy 2:1-4, Isaiah 45:22, Luke 14:23, John 3:16-17 I John 4:14)

Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of
the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.
Titus 2:13

When Christ comes for us, His church and His bride, we shall see the culmination of our salvation. (I John 3:2, Philippians 3:20-21, I Corinthians 1:7)

God has most vividly made His salvation seen and known, and has done so in the person of His Son, who is the fullness of Deity, and the exact representation of His nature and character.

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