For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,…
I. THE ORIGIN OF SALVATION.
1. Man did not deserve it.
2. It was unsolicited.
3. It was entirely the result of Divine grace.The grace of God —
(1) Made all the arrangements necessary for salvation. Devised the astounding plan. Fixed upon the means, time, etc. The grace of God —
(2) Brought the author of salvation. "Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ," etc. (2 Corinthians 8:9).
(3) It brought the message of salvation. Gospel is emphatically the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24).
(4) It brings the application of salvation to the soul. We are called by His grace — justified freely by His grace — sanctified by His grace — kept and preserved by tits grace — and the topstone is brought on amid ascriptions of Grace, grace unto it."
II. THE EXTENT OF SALVATION. The grace of God bringeth salvation —
1. To all classes and degrees of men. To the rich and the poor; noble and ignoble; monarch and the peasant; the ruler and the slave.
2. To men of all grades of moral guilt. It includes the moralist, and excludes not the profane.
3. To men of all ages.
III. THE INFLUENCE OF SALVATION ON THE MORAL CHARACTER OF MAN. It teaches and enforces the necessity of —
1. The abandonment of ungodliness and worldly lusts.
2. Sobriety of conduct.
3. Righteousness of life.
4. Godliness of heart.
1. How we should rejoice in the riches and fulness of Divine grace.
2. How necessary that we cordially receive the invaluable boon it presents.
3. And how important that we practically exemplify the moral lessons it communicates.
(J. Burns, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,