while we wait

Read Titus 2:11-15.

Break this passage down and you’ll see that Paul has two things on his mind: (1) the time-spanning work of Jesus Christ, past, present and future and (2) the life of the Christian in today’s here and now. Paul makes three comments on each of these two points. In so doing, it becomes difficult to imagine saying more fewer words than Paul says here.
First, the work of God’s Son, past, present and future: (a) “[he] gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness,” (b) he is “… purify[ing] for himself a people that are his very own,” and (c) he will one day gloriously “appear” as the “great God and Savior.”

Second, the work of God’s children as we wait for his Son’s appearance: (a) to “say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions,” (b) to “live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age”and (c) to be “eager to do what is good.”

Heavenly Father, may I strive to be as faithful to you today in what you call me to be as Jesus has been, will be and still is faithful to me in what you have called him to do. For it is in his name I pray. Amen.

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