For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Despite not being one of the best-known biblical passages, Titus 2:11-14 is a clear summary of the Gospel. Paul speaks of grace for salvation, but also speaks of the requirement to have access to grace, repentance, which expresses it as denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. He also speaks to us in this way about conversion: we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. In verse 13 he talks about what gives a title to this message: Blessed hope. That hope we will have when the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ occurs.
On the other hand, Titus 2: 11-14 is also a wake-up call for all of us who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. He paid a heavy price for our salvation, so once saved, we must stop living according to the parameters dictated by the world, to walk from there to the end according to His holy will. Let us always remember this about the Lord: who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
So, as we await His glorious coming, let us do as He tells us in Matthew 24:44-47, Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. The blessed hope of those who love the Lord implies a great reward.
That reward is what Santiago calls the crown of life. James 1:12 says, Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. The Bible does not promise that our waiting will be easy, we will have trials, persecutions, tribulations, temptations and afflictions; but if we resist all that, the promises of God will be fulfilled in each one of us. Blessed hope has not been sacked by our Heavenly Father.
To some of us life might be a little harder than normal. If you are one of them, you could ask, how long should I wait? Revelation 1:3 says to you, Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. And Revelation 22: 7 reassures him, “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
The day of the glorious manifestation of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ is ever nearer, let us keep in holiness for Him and we will be called as Revelation 20:6 says, Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. God bless you.