Anticipating The Appearing of Jesus' Glory
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
||170, 160, 204, 28
- The hope.
- Three remarks about the text.
- “Blessed hope” is the appearance of glory which God in Christ will bring with Him for us.
- The grace which saves makes the recipients look ahead for the appearance of the glory of Christ.
- It is a “hope.”
- It is “blessed.”
- The hope is the glory of our great God and Savior: Jesus Christ.
- This is the glory which God in Christ the Savior prepares and will give us when He appears.
- Saving grace teaches us to look for an epiphany, an appearance.
- It is the “glory of Jesus, Who is great God.
- This glory is bound up in our Savior.
- He “gave Himself for us.”
- He gave Himself first to “redeem us from all iniquity.”
- And He gave Himself to “purify unto Himself a peculiar people.”
- This purification is unto a zeal for good works of gratitude.
- The result is an anticipation.
- Our “looking” implies:
- Our blessed hope is in constant tension with our being earthy and living on the earth.
- As a powerful magnet we are pulled heavenward.
- This longing is a constant activity; we keep longing and expecting.