...while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Titus 2:11–15 explains the grace of God as something which encourages believers toward the right behavior and thinking. The previous Scriptures gave instructions for the proper conduct of church members. Here, God's grace is the foundation for building traits such as self-control, respect, and godliness. Paul also commands Titus to teach these ideas boldly and with authority.
Verse 11 begins a discussion on the grace of God, which continues until the end of chapter 2. Verse 13 refers to believers looking forward to a "blessed hope." This hope is the appearance of the glory of Christ. The New Testament mentions various "appearings" of Jesus. He appeared on earth as a human (2 Timothy 1:10). Jesus also appeared alive after His resurrection (Acts 1:3).
There will also be a future appearing, mentioned in this verse, as well as 1 Timothy 6:14, 2 Timothy 4:1, and 2 Timothy 4:8. This future event is the one referred to as the "blessed hope," a phrase the New Testament uses only here. This appearance will be "of the glory," indicating the coming of Jesus in power. Jesus is called "our great God," a reminder that Paul and Titus were fellow believers and that Jesus is divine. Jesus is also called both Savior (Redeemer) and Christ. The term "Christ" is from the Greek word Christos, translated from the Hebrew term Mashiyach, or Messiah. These multiple titles emphasize the majesty of Jesus and speak highly of His future coming.
Titus chapter 2 details instructions for various groups within the church. These include older men, older women, younger men, and younger women. Paul commands Titus to encourage these positive behaviors and correct anything that contradicts his teachings. Titus is also told to be bold and authoritative in his work.
PLEASE PRAY WITH ME:
Holy Father, I find myself waiting for my savior, Yeshua. Because He is coming for me, I know my life's direction has meaning and purpose, even on those days that are long, hard, discouraging, and seemingly fruitless. Fire my heart to wait longingly for Jesus' glorious appearance, and stir my desires to want what is only good and holy. I want to see you! In the glorious name of Jesus, I pray. AMEN.
GOD BLESS YOU.