For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,…
I. ITS DISTISGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS. "The grace of God."
1. The gift.
2. Its objects.
3. Its purpose.
II. THE UNIVERSALITY OF ITS APPEARANCE.
1. Adapted for all.
2. Revealed for all.
3. To be proclaimed to all.
III. THE INESTIMABLE BOON WHICH IT BESTOWS. "Salvation."
1. From the condemning power of sin.
2. From the defilement of sin.
3. From the love of sin.
4. From the power of sin.
5. From the punishment of sin.
IV. ITS PRACTICAL INFLUENCE. "Teaching us," etc. The way of salvation is the highway of holiness and of purity; the unclean may not pass over it; and within the gates of the celestial City "there shall enter nothing that defileth, that worketh abomination, or that maketh a lie." Wherever this gospel hath come, "in demonstration of the Spirit and with power," it hath swept away the obscure and execrable rites, the foul abominations, the detestable practices of paganism. Wherever this gospel hath come "in demonstration of the Spirit and with power," it hath purified the polluted, it hath made the dishonest honest, the intemperate sober, the licentious chaste. It has converted the monster of depravity into the humble, correct, consistent, temperate disciple of Christ. The abandoned woman it has purified and refined; and he who was at once the disgrace, the dishonour, of his family, of society, and of his country, renewed, reformed, sanctified, made holy, it has placed at the feet of the Redeemer, like the recovered maniac, "clothed and in his right mind."
(T. Raffles, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,