Impartial Grace: Titus 2

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works. Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you.

(Titus 2:11-15, emphasis added)

Paul is instructing Titus to preach “…what accords with sound doctrine.” Paul goes on to describe behaviors and characteristics of Christian men and Christian women. There are lists of good things to do and things to not do. Simple rules for living a life that bring honor to God. Paul explains from where we draw grace. “The Grace of God has appeared.” God’s grace is manifest in Jesus. With His appearance as the “only begotten Son of God” He brought with Him “salvation for all people.” He is training all of us for life that is with Him; all of us. By His abundant grace He brings salvation to all men. The Concordant Literal Version translates this verse to say, “The saving grace of God made its advent to all humanity.” Young’s Literal Translation translates this verse to say “For the saving grace of God was manifested to all men.” Scripture tells us that the “saving grace of God” is made obvious to all men. “The saving grace of God” is Christ Jesus.

Universal reconciliation embraces these verses to be literally true. Other doctrines require a belief that God’s grace be only for a few. They preach God’s grace is available to all men, but only given to a few. They alter the plain meaning of scripture to make it mean something not intended.

It is God’s will that none shall be lost. He is certain to be “all in all.” God’s grace is an action and there is indeed a result. It is “The Blessed Hope.” This is Impartial Grace.