Blog Archive - April 2013
The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.
In all of the social media/blogging buzz on the grace of God, it is troubling to me that the second coming of Jesus has been largely absent from the discussion. According to Paul, anticipating Jesus' return was the goal of grace. Jesus' return will bring an end to all unrighteousness, therefore true grace motivates sober, self-controlled living before that day. And because His return is the culmination of all of our hope, grace also teaches us to eagerly anticipate that day:
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 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.”
(Titus 2:11-14 ESV)
To be presently forgiven and loved by God is joy indeed, but the true fruit of our salvation is an ever-increasing preoccupation with the glory of Jesus and a longing to dwell with Him on the earth again. Our friendship with Jesus begins with the glorious introduction of the cross and His "finished work" but grows through relational knowledge. To preach a gospel that subtly marginalizes or neglects Jesus' current absence and future return is no gospel at all because the gospel at its core is relational and has its culmination on a future day.