Paul wrote, “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness (Tit. 2:14). The grace of God points us to three timelines. In v. 12, God’s grace trains us to live the godly life in the present. In v. 13, it teaches us to expect the coming of Christ in the future. In v. 14, it teaches us the purpose of Christ’s death in the past.
In v. 11, Paul wrote that “grace appeared bringing salvation.” Then in v. 14, he wrote that “Christ gave himself for us.” Paul connects salvation with the sacrifice of Christ. In v. 14, Paul adds that the sacrifice of Christ was intended to redeem us from our sin. Redemption from sin is salvation. Christ’s sacrifice then is the basis of our salvation. Conversely, salvation is based on the sacrifice of Christ. Therefore, the sacrifice of Christ is the central point of God’s grace. It is the ground zero of God’s saving grace. The death of Christ is the epicenter of God’s grace.
Salvation then is only, solely, and exclusively in the death of Christ. “He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Heb. 9:26). There is no other way of saving us from our sin except by the death of Christ (Acts 4:12; Heb. 9:26-10:13). There is no salvation outside of the death of Christ.
One day Peter and John healed a lame man in the name of Jesus. Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none. But such as I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk!” Immediately the lame man rose up and walked. He walked and leaped and praised God!
Peter and John continued to preach to the people about the resurrection of Christ. Five thousand people trusted Christ. Then the priests of the temple had them arrested. The next day, the religious rulers and elders asked them, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”
They replied, “There is no salvation in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
There is no salvation in no one else, except through Jesus Christ and in no way else, except by the death of Christ.