Text: Titus 2:9-15
The world of the early church during the first century was not a golden time full of abundance, resources, and economic rise. It was a time where ordinary people need to work hard, exert much effort and time just to put something on their table. This was a time when they also need to pay high taxes to the Roman government. A time when security was tight, and the politics were full of corrupt people even from the lowest form of their government.
In short, it feels like the last days and it seems like it is the end of the world. No hope. No purpose. Everything is meaningless. EXCEPT for the faithful Christians.
Jesus Christ is the Revealed Hope to the whole world. Now let us dissect this statement of mine one by one. We will start from the last words up to the first part.
1. The Whole World.
In verse 11 of our passage, it is clear that “the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” To whom? To ALL PEOPLE. Plain, simple, and clear. For everyone. Now reading this verse is not enough since the starting word is “for” –conjunction. Meaning, it is connected to the prior verses.
When Christ came, He became the liberator not just of the social status but the spiritual realities of each person. Paul here was echoing Christ. He is saying to Titus that the bondservants have the same privilege, access, and responsibilities to the Christian faith. This may not be something extravagant nowadays. But during that time where bondservants do not have rights or any choice. Finally, someone is giving them a significant value in the community. This community is the Christian faith.
So in here, Paul is saying that the Grace of God is for everyone—equally given to all people who will call upon His Name. Paul is surely consistent with this doctrine. Let us look at the book just after the book of Titus. Philemon. Paul here is saying that Philemon—the master—needs to equally treat Onesimus—the bondservant—as brothers in Christ (Philemon 12-17).
2. The Revealed Hope
As stated, everyone is given the same offer to embrace such freedom. This freedom, liberty, redemption is the hope of those people in ancient times. This hope is a revelation. This revelation of hope is a person. This person is Jesus Christ. They know that Christ will return.
God has revealed to the world that there is hope. Tell the person beside you, there is hope and this hope is Jesus Christ. This revealed hope is the blessed hope that was stated in verse 13. Even in verse 11, the term “appeared” implies a revelation. Therefore, Christ is also the personified grace of God.
3. Jesus Christ (read verse 13b-14)
“For every one look at YOURSELF, take ten looks at CHRIST.” – Robert M. M’cheyne
Means, look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) and say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions. But as I shared this last ladies prayer meeting, Wednesday. I told them that this statement is applicable to many circumstances in life. Sufferings, righteousness, goodness, achievements, sin, forgiveness, giving, and more.
When we need someone, you immediately call the person you know who can help you. If you want someone to talk to, someone who will listen to you, then open the Bible. The Bible is Christ’s words. “To read it is to hear Christ.”
The Bible is God’s speaking to us; prayer is our speaking him. We acknowledge that God is a real person. Someone, we can lean on. Do not treat God as a tyrant abusive demanding father but rather a loving gracious Father.
4. is/ ego eime/ am
2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (Heb 1:2) Christ even said that He is the same “Great I AM” whom Moses met at the burning bush event. Christ said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58) –that was more than 6, 000 years ago.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Heb. 13:8) – If Jesus is good before, he is still good today. If he was faithful during the broken times of David, He is still faithful today. If he was gracious to the thief on the cross, He is still gracious today. That is the “is” the “am” be-verb means. Christ was and is and always will be the very Friend, Savior, Redeemer that is.
The Blessed-Revealed Hope – we are all sojourners of this world. We feel pain, experience problems in life, we grieve but we have hope, unlike other people. Why? Because we are not going to stay here in this world permanently. Our home is in the heavenly kingdom of God. We are kingdom citizens.
Embrace the Revealed Hope—Jesus Christ.
Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
September 26, 2021
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