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IS YOUR OUTLOOK AN “UPLOOK?”

April 29, 2018

Good morning. I received an email from someone in England about an error on my notes in Titus 2:11-14+ and as I was answering thought I would shoot this verse to you today — it is surely one of the great verses in the entire Bible…

For (term of explanation – see what Paul is explaining in Titus 2:10+) the grace of God has appeared (THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST), bringing salvation to all men (PAST TENSE SALVATION), 12 instructing (DISCIPLINING) us (FIRST THE NEGATIVE) to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and (NOW THE POSITIVE – BOTH [+] and [-] ONLY POSSIBLE AS WE RELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT – Ro 8:13+) to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present (“evil” – Gal 1:4+) age (PRESENT TENSE SALVATION), 13 (present tense = continually) looking for (FUTURE TENSE SALVATION) the Blessed Hope (Phillips = “the glorious dénouement“) and the appearing of the glory of our great God and SaviorChrist Jesus (THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST), 14 Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession (WE ARE NOT OUR OWN! cf 1 Cor 6:19-20+), zealous for good (GOD = Jn 15:5) deeds.

You can see why this verse is so powerful — It has both the First and Second Coming of Christ and all Three “Tenses” of Salvation 

  1. PAST TENSE (JUSTIFICATION) = I have been saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9+).
  2. PRESENT TENSE (SANCTIFICATION) – I am being saved daily by grace through faith and dependence on the Holy Spirit (cf Gal 3:3+)
  3. FUTURE TENSE (GLORIFICATION) = I will be saved by grace (1 Pe 1:13+) for when we see Him we will be like Him (1 Jn 3:2+, 1 Jn 3:3+)

Note the powerful principle Paul gives us which should motivate and enable daily Spirit energized living (cf Php 2:12+, Php 2:13NLT+) – Titus 2:13 = Speaks about our LOOKING while Titus 2:12 = Speaks about our LIVING. Do you see the principle? Here it is…

WHAT (WHO) we are LOOKING for, will (should) impact WHAT (WHO) we are LIVING for. Expectant looking is another name for “Vertical Vision” whereas living for this passing world is “Horizontal Vision.”

There was a movie by Buster Keaton in 1924 called “The Navigator” which has a picture that wonderfully illustrates what our daily attitude toward Christ’s Second Coming should “look like”…

Buster Keaton looking expectantly
The Navigator” 1924

Stated another way,

EXPECTANT Looking
Is the “Antidote” for
APATHETIC Living

It is simple, but powerful and Biblical! If you are looking for Jesus to return, you are far more likely to be denying ungodliness and worldly desires, and instead living sensibly, righteously and godly in this present evil age! If we are looking for Him, we will be living for Him. This future hope (absolute assurance God will do good to us in the future) empowers present behavior. Have you allowed the world to weigh you down and cause you to take your eyes off of His return? Are you living more for your passing pleasure than for His glorious appearing? Don’t be downcast. Confess it. Repent. And begin to live as if His return could be today (because it COULD BE TODAY!).

You will be amazed at what a difference “a DAY” will make in your personal perspective, prerogatives and practices!

Dr M R De Haan founder of Our Daily Bread ministry kept a motto on his desk which read

PERHAPS TODAY!

And all God’s people say “Yes! AmenMaranatha!”

William Barclay who is not always totally orthodox did have a great comment on this “present age” in Titus 2:12:

Chrysostom said that worldly things are things which do not pass over with us into heaven but are dissolved together with this present world. A man is very short-sighted if he sets all his heart and expends all his labour on things which he must leave behind when he quits this world. But an even simpler interpretation of worldly desires is that they are for things we could not show to God.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, by Your Spirit, please embed the manifold truths of Titus 2:11-14 deeply into our hearts, emblazoning them on our “mind’s eye,” even giving us a desire to memorize them, but even more a passion to live them out in the enabling power of Your Spirit and for the glory of Your Son, the Lamb of God, Christ Jesus, Who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). Amen

INSIGHT: ONE IN EVERY 30 NT VERSES REFER TO THE SECOND COMING! Both the Old and New Testaments are filled with promises of the Second Coming of Christ. More than a fourth of the Bible is predictive prophecy and about one third is not yet fulfilled. Many of these unfulfilled predictions refer to the Second Coming. Both the Old and New Testaments are full of promises about the return of Jesus Christ. There are 1,845 references to it in the Old Testament, and 17 Old Testament books speak of the Second Coming. Of the 260 chapters in the New Testament, there are 318 references to the Second Coming – one out of every 30 verses! Twenty-three of the twenty-seven New Testament books refer to this great event. Three of the four other books are single-chapter letters written to individuals concerning a particular subject, and the fourth is Galatians, which does imply Christ’s coming again. For every prophecy on the first coming of Christ, there are EIGHT on Christ’s second coming. 

Alexander MacLaren rightly said The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory.”

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