Titus 2:13-14 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (14) who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
What happens when the King returns? We were saved from lawlessness (no reason to do one thing over another) to be pure (clear and consistent, not muddled and mixed) so we have our identity in him and are really ready to do good any chance we get. So when he gets here will we have more work to do? It seems like it. Now we seem to be fighting on two fronts.
Front 1: all that random confusion and indulgence we are supposed to be saved from.
Lawlessness: I still like using randomness to whatever I want to do…. gotta fight that.
Purity: I still like a little of this AND that AND… gotta fight that.
Identity: I still like not having anyone tell me what to do… gotta fight that.
Works: I still get tired of being a “do-gooder” … gotta fight that.
Front 2: actually living out the faith for the King here and now.
Gotta deal with everyone else’s lawlessness, impurity, divisiveness and non-cooperation with the right stuff.
The hope is that when the King arrives I won’t be fighting against myself, I will only be fighting towards some kind of goodness in the new creation. I honestly cannot imagine it, but the promise of having a focus that I love (zealous for) and am effectively led to pursue… that’s hopeful.