“11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” ~ Titus 2
Written almost 2,ooo years ago. God’s grace HAD appeared and now they had a hope (confident expectation of that which is certain to be seen) of the appearing of Jesus’ glory! The hope was for the appearing of Jesus’ glory, not Jesus himself. Don’t get me wrong, I am not denying Jesus’ return but, Jesus and the Apostles ALL emphasized a hope for THAT generation.
28“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” ~ Matt.16:28 Quoth Jesus, who was NEVER EVER wrong. He did not only speak God’s words, He WAS and IS the Word of God. Jesus is so much more than a book, He’s the author of all life that holds everything together by His words!
Paul had told Titus that they had a confident expectation of Jesus’ glory appearing. This word appearing is “epiphanea” (Greek number 2015) It’s easy to see our word “epiphany”. It means ~ “manifestation, striking appearance”) is an experience of sudden and striking realization…”
Who wants an epiphany of God’s glory? That’s what we all need to come to the unity in faith and intimate knowledge of the Son of God! (Eph.4)
Also, to support the truth that Paul was referring to the expectation of an epiphany of Jesus’ glory; the Greek text proves the uses of the original words. For example the Greek text reveals what English conceals ~ Looking (Verb) for the blessed (Adj) hope (NOUN) and appearing (NOUN) of the glory (NOUN) of the great God and Savior, Lord Jesus Christ!
There is only one VERB (looking) and the first nouns in the sentence are hope, appearing and glory because that’s what they were looking for! They weren’t looking for Jesus (well, maybe they were and I am too) but, the expectation is the appearing of his glory! The Epiphany of Jesus’ glory is not an action, it is something. It is the subject of an action!
They weren’t looking for something to appear. They were looking for an epiphany! They wanted and expected an epiphany of Jesus’ glory!
It get’s better! This word epiphanea (Greek 2015) was only used 6 times and always by Paul. Consider this example to Timothy ~
“14That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” ~ 1 Tim.6
The epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ will be shown in timeS. Not ONE TIME. Multiple times.
It’s actually a plural (not singular) use of “kairos” which is “an appointed time”.
What if there are many appointed times of epiphanies of Jesus’ glory yet to come in the earth? I am reminded of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1 ~
17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. “
He didn’t pray “Lord come get us!” He prayed, “Lord, we need an epiphany of the glory you have given us!”
Somebody has been wrong about the the past 2,000 years of the church’s hope and I am not interested in continuing the trend. Did Paul, Timothy and the Disciples understand what Jesus was talking about when they declared confident expectation for them to have an appearing of the glory of Jesus in their lifetime? Or have we simply misunderstood (like the Religious leaders of their days) what God was conveying?
I am convinced that we have misunderstood them.
We need an epiphany of the Lord Jesus’ glory! John 17 ~
(Prayer to Father)
20“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.22“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;23I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
~ The Lord Jesus Christ. King of Kings. Lord of Lords. Word of God in the Flesh. The Beginning and the End.
The GREAT I AM.