A Short Study of Titus 2:13
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)
A Saviour ‘to come’ has been the hope of the Assembly of God in every age and dispensation. The Old Testament saints looked for His coming to save; the saints of the New Testament look for His coming to reign–even “the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
There are, in fact, three personal appearances of our Lord mentioned in the Scriptures.
His first, when “He APPEARED to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Hebrews 9:26)
The second, “Now to APPEAR in the presence of God for us.” (Hebrews 9:24)
The third, when “unto them that look for him, He shall APPEAR the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28)
In each of these appearances of Jesus, my soul! you have a personal and precious interest. His past appearance was to save you, His present appearance is to intercede for you, His future appearance will be to glorify you.
And so Jesus is the “Alpha and Omega” of your salvation, from the first eternal throb of love towards you–if we may speak of a beginning of that which in reality had no beginning–to the last throb of love to you–if we may speak of the end of that which in reality has no ending. Thus, Christ is all and in all to you, the First and the Last, “and all that comes between.” Let us consider Jesus in the light of the blessed hope, His glorious appearing, a befitting subject for the close of our daily meditation upon Him.
- It will be a PERSONAL appearing.
As He went up into heaven so will He return–in person. “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
So says God’s Word, and so we believe. As His ascension was personal, so will be His coming again. This is a sweet thought, my soul, for you to dwell on. It will be a personal appearing of the great God, our Saviour.
- It will, consequently, be a VISIBLE appearing of Jesus.
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)
Oh the thought of gazing upon His person, of beholding Him robed in majesty divine, and yet looking so human, so like His brethren, of whom He will now appear, more manifest than ever, the Elder Brother!
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (1st John 3:2)
- He will come WITH ALL HIS SAINTS.
Those who sleep in Him will be raised, and those who are alive at His coming will be translated. Moses and Elijah, who appeared with Him in His transfiguration, were eminent representatives of these two conditions of the saints at His coming; Moses, representing those who died, and Elijah, those who will then be translated so that they shall not see death.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Thus, whether living or dying in the Lord, we shall all meet again around the descending Person of Jesus, heart pulsating with heart, hand clasped in hand, one anthem sweetly chiming from every lip. “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” (Revelation 5:9)
This subject is eminently practical. It makes Jesus more precious. How quicker beats the pulse and warmer throbs the heart of the bride anticipating the speedy return of her long absent lord! Blessed Jesus! You are the Bridegroom of Your Assembly, and the Beloved of my soul, and the thought of soon and forever beholding You makes my soul as the wings of Amminadab–unclasped, uplifted, and ready to fly!
O my soul! let not the coming of the Lord surprise you in a state of unregeneracy, unconverted and unprepared! None can meet Him with joy but those who are BORN AGAIN of the Spirit, washed in His blood, and clothed in His righteousness. Is this your assured condition? Then, happy are you!