(Part of the Election, Sovereign Grace, Will, Salvation bible study group.)
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,-"
Titus 2:11, and similar verses of Scripture, are sometimes cited as an objection to Election, Sovereign Grace salvation, and an affirmation of free will salvation. A focus is made on the words, all men, in the verse; and, the conclusion is drawn that it means every human being and that this means man can choose to be saved. However, there are two things wrong with this conclusion. First, it can be determined from the context of the previous verses in Titus 2, that what is actually meant is that salvation has appeared to all types of mankind. (Slave as well as free man, servant as well as master, etc.) Second, the verse does not support or disprove any beliefs regarding salvation, as it does not say that the appearance of salvation conveys the opportunity of salvation. To take this verse of the Bible literally, and as a basis for salvation, presents quite a few contradictions in the teachings of Holy Scripture. Also it would bring the validity of the Bible into question. (See 1 Timothy for an explanation.)
Therefore Titus 2:11, has no bearing on the validity of salvation by God's Sovereign Grace & Will, which is the Doctrine of Election. Nor, can it be used as a basis for promoting free-will salvation.
page updated 03/21/2011.