For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
Titus 2:11 (NIV)
grace of God. Not simply the divine attribute of grace, but Jesus Christ Himself, grace incarnate, God's supremely gracious gift to fallen mankind. Cf. John 1:14.
all men. This does not teach universal salvation. "All men" is used as "man" in 3:4, to refer to humanity in general, as a category, not to every individual. See notes on 2 Cor. 5:19; 2 Pet. 3:9. Jesus Christ made a sufficient sacrifice to cover every sin of every one who believes (John 3:16-18; 1 Tim. 2:5,6; 4:10; 1 John 2:2). Paul makes clear in the opening words of this letter to Titus that salvation becomes effective only through "the faith of God's elect" (1:1). See note on 3:2. Out of all humanity, only those who believe will be saved (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24,38,40; 6:40; 10:9; Rom. 10:9-17).
MacArthur, John Jr: The MacArthur Study Bible. electronic ed.
: Word Pub., 1997, c1997, S. Tit 2:11
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