The blessed hope is not a “hope so” reality. Rather, the blessed hope is an anticipated event that God will enact.
Rudy Ross has a good explanation of the blessed hope in today’s YouTube video. Please take a few minutes to listen to Rudy’s thoughts.
God’s Grace and Hope
Our blessed hope for the future is centered on the grace of God.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all (Titus 2.11).
The best definition of grace is not filled with words or even the traditional definition, “grace is unmerited favor.”
To best understand grace, look at the crucifixion of Jesus. This is grace!
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2.24).
God’s grace makes salvation available to all humans.
In today’s email box I received a scam offering me money that a long-lost relative in England wanted me to have.
Needless to say, that email found its way to my computer’s trash can. This was a gift I didn’t believe to be true and thus rejected it.
There are many who reject God’s grace, believing that it has no value for their lives. Everyone who accepts God’s salvation through Jesus finds his grace to be the greatest gift of their lives.
A Transforming Friendship
Salvation is more than the possession of a “ticket to heaven.” Salvation grants its recipients friendship with God.
When we are friends with God, our lives are transformed.
Paul wrote that salvation involves “training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly” (Titus 2.12).
Piety was the most laudable character trait in the Greco-Roman world. The phrase I have borrowed from Dallas Willard, “living a Jesus-kind-of-life,” is a good explanation of piety.
Salvation and friendship with God train us to refuse impiety (the opposite of piety) entrance into our lives. Instead, we welcome godliness (piety) to be the daily expression of our lives.
God’s friendship teaches us to renounce worldly passions and embrace self-control and upright living.
God’s friendship is transforming. A relationship with God will free us from the dominion of sin and self-will.
On the other hand, if sin and self-will continue to rule our lives, then our relationship with God will be diminished.
The Blessed Hope
Friends of God can’t wait to see their Savior receive the honor he deserves.
Jesus is the One “who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2.14).
Jesus “gave himself for us.” He deserves to receive the recognition that the Son of God should have from all humans and heavenly beings.
“We wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2.13).
When Jesus is recognized for who he actually is, he will put on display the glory of the Trinity.
I have had the opportunity to be in the audience when important religious and political leaders were present.
There will never be a time more blessed to be in the crowd than the day when Jesus manifests the glory of God.
This is the reason why we want to live as friends of his in every aspect of that opportunity.
Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
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