Topic: Preparing For Heaven [October 10, 2016]
Text: Titus 2:9-15
Key Verse: "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:11,12).
The Bible has a word for every situation, whether past, present, the earthly tomorrow or the eternal future. This is because it was written by the One Who has always been in these circumstances. The Bible says our God is the "same yesterday, and today and forever" (Hebrews 3:8). As heaven-bound Christians, the presentation in Titus 2:11-14 should be our spiritual handbook.
What we do on earth should be in favorable response to what the Lord has done for us. He brought salvation through Jesus Christ's death on the cross at Calvary. Without it, we are lost and would have remained so for eternity. This unmerited love (grace), should now move us to deny ungodliness, worldly lusts and vices which have taken hold of mankind. We are expected to live "soberly,righteously, and godly, in this present world"(verse 11). This way of life, sharply different from what obtains outside the Church, is to keep us watchful in expectation of "that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (verses 13,14). Consequentially, if we are constantly watching for our Lord's second coming, we must not fail to obey what He taught us, beginning with the injunctions in the Sermon on the Mount through His commandment on the Great Commission to His final word in Revelation: "Surely I come quickly".
The implication is that since He is coming "quickly" (soon), we must "Watch... therefore, and pray always, ...[and] be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man" (Luke 21:36). The chief evidence of faithful stewardship and waiting is to heed the word of Christ: "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed" (John 8:31).
Thought for the day: Faithfully waiting for Jesus' return amounts to preparing for heaven.
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