Looking for the Blessed Hope
- Date: October 12, 2011
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:13-14)
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"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:11-12). The preparation of the Lord, the expectation of the Lord, demands this kind of a lifestyle. If we're living loosely, if we're not sober, if we're not diligent, if our lives are not godly in their representation of His lordship, then we really don't believe that we'll stand before Him imminently. He says to live that way, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar [zealous, separate, set aside] people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee" (Titus 2:13-15). So we see that Paul admonishes Titus here to make the congregation aware that the Lord is at hand and that's where we're to have our time and our energy and the expectation, that blessed hope, and that will manifest itself in a godly lifestyle that prepares us for His coming, for the Lord is at hand. The rapture of the church, this catching away, snatching out of the jaws of the world's system, is at hand.
First Thessalonians 4:16 says, "The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God." The Lord Himself, coming back. Thank God, it's at hand. He says in verse 14 of Chapter 4 of First Thessalonians, "Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." He's going to gather up the saints. Those that had died will rise first; those of us that remain will be changed in a moment. First Corinthians 15:52, "The dead shall be raised incorruptible." What an event that's awaiting us! When we talk about looking for the return of the Lord, we're talking about graves bursting asunder, the dead rising, instantaneous transformation of our bodies, corruption taking on incorruption. We then begin to see Him as He is; we'll know as we're known. All of that is imminently before us. Do you love it? Are you looking for it? How cheaply will you sell it out? What is there that will distract you today, this afternoon, this evening? Is it for tomorrow morning's proposals that have to be ready? Oh, there are things that have to be done. We're not saying that. We understand that we're living by the sweat of our brow. What are you doing with that time that's not demanded of the necessities of our existence? "Well, do we have to fast everything that's recreational or pleasurable?" We're not saying that. But, are we just throwing in crumbs when you really tally it up? He will appear to those that love His appearing.
Father, we thank You for Your Word this morning. We just ask that You would continue to strengthen us and give us that hope and cause us to rejoice in this hour, a time where there's no need to debate of the hour. We see the hour we're in. Make us ready. Stir our hearts. Give us grace and strength to pull down all of the strongholds that would lie to our minds, and let our hearts be kindled again with our first love. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.