“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11–14, ESV)
John Piper in his remarks on this passage we should ask ourselves these 3 questions:
- Does your mind return frequently to the truth of Christ’s appearing?
- When your mind turns to the truth of his appearing, does your heart want it—is there an eagerness to see him?
- Do you pray for his coming? Maranatha, praised the early church! Come, Lord Jesus!
Then he suggests: If you come up short in answering those three questions, there are three possible explanations. From the least to the most serious:
- You may have trusted Christ as your Savior and Lord but you have not yet been well taught about the second coming, and ignorance hinders the eager expectation of your heart and your prayers.
- You may have trusted Christ as Savior and Lord; you may know in your head the truth of his second coming; but you have grown cold and distant and have not felt for some time that Christ is precious and that seeing him would be the fulfillment of all your longings.
- You may have never submitted to Christ as Lord and trusted him as Savior and may stand in desperate need of new birth.
Great questions and explanations concerning where we are in waiting for our Lord to come back.
Preaching and studying through Daniel has reminded me how most of the time Christ’s coming is not on my radar, and yet Titus says it is a “blessed hope.” The word “waiting” carries with it the idea of expecting. I wonder how our lives would change if we lived life expecting Jesus to come back. If we do not expect His coming do we experience any of this biblical truth called a “blessed hope”
Read Apostle John’s truth concerning His coming: “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” (1 John 2:28–3:3, ESV) (Underlining mine)
I guess another great question for Christ-Followers, If Jesus was to show up today would He find you confident in His righteousness or in shame?