God Gave Us Grace, Devotional 2

God Gave Us Grace (Devotional 2)
By Katie Faris
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people. -Titus 2:11
Noah, along with all the other men and women of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11, died “not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar” (Heb. 11:13). As Jesus told his disciples, “many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Matt. 13:17). Rather, it is “in these last days [God] has spoken to us by his Son” (Heb. 1:2).

 
What a gracious Word has appeared! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Although “all things were made through him,”[3] yet this Word wore flesh and walked on dusty roads. His name was Jesus.
 
And as God’s grace appeared to Noah, and by implication to the human race when he preserved Noah and his descendants on the ark, God’s grace appeared in the person of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago, the event we celebrate at Christmas.
 
Just as the sinners in Noah’s day, we deserve God’s judgment and wrath. As God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah, we have forsaken God, “the fountain of living waters,” and “hewed out cisterns…that can hold no water” (Jer. 2:13). In other words, as Paul makes abundantly clear in Romans 1, we reject God and worship lesser things.
 
Do you remember the phrase in the previous devotion, “but Noah”? Noah was the forerunner, one who found favor with God and was an instrument of salvation in his day. Jesus is the Promised One, bringing salvation to sinners once and for all. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4-5).
 
We see what Noah and the prophets longed to see, and what we see invites us to celebrate. It is the arrival of God’s grace in Jesus, bringing salvation for all who place their faith in him.
 
Personal Application Questions
1. Read Titus 2:1-10. In this passage, Paul gives Titus instructions about how different groups of people are to behave. Today’s verse, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people” (verse 11) follows, showing that there is a relationship between the gospel and Christian behavior. Believers live in a particular way not to earn God’s grace but because they have experienced it. How does this relate to the previous devotion about God’s grace?
2. Keeping Jeremiah 2:13 in mind, how do my personal sin struggles fit into these two categories of (1) rejecting God and (2) worshiping lesser things?
 
Family Application Questions
1. How do we celebrate the gospel as a family?
2. What are some ways that we can grow in celebrating God’s grace in Jesus?
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