Tim Bayly on Cotton Candy Grace

Tim Bayly cites Titus 2:11,12 here with a few remarks on grace.

“The prattle about grace that permeates the sermons, fellowship-hall conversations, and books within the mainstream reformed church today tastes like cotton candy and leaves your hands sticky.”

I spent a little time studying the verses in which the word grace appears. My thoughts.

  • No surprise most of the references are found in the New Testament.
  • One thing I noted is that there seem to be two uses of the word “grace”.
    • One is something we can get more of and even something we can give or show others.
    • The other is the saving grace/mercy we receive from Christ…”by grace you have been saved”.
  • I don’t think the modern church does a very good job at distinguishing between these two uses. So if you are doing something that seems “ungraceful” according to the first meaning you are somehow seen as not understanding the second meaning.

Here are a few more passages for consideration, in line with Titus 2 I think, in which grace and obedience are tied together.

Romans 1:1-6 1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

Romans 6:1-2 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:14 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.


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