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Titus 2:13 the happy expectation!

26-06-2023 - Posted by Hans

… be living sanely and justly and devoutly in the current eon, anticipating that happy expectation, even the advent of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus, Christ.

The Gospel of the saving grace of God that has appeared to all humanity has life-changing power for those who believe. It educates and causes us to lead a sane, just, and devout existence in the present eon. But it doesn’t stop there. The same “doctrine of God our Savior” also offers an unimaginable view of the future!

Paul speaks of “the happy expectation” and that is a wonderful term, all the more so because it is ambiguous. “The happy expectation” can be taken objectively in the first place, i.e. the content of the expectation is happy. After all, we are waiting for “the advent of the glory of the great God”! Could we appreciate even a fraction of that transcendent glory?

One could also interpret “the happy expectation” subjectively. In that case we remember that this expectation already makes us happy now. After all, we look to the future with confidence and the joyful prospect can ease all our suffering!