Know a thing or two about all-sufficient grace? You’ve just scratched the surface. Experienced saving grace, redeeming grace, justifying grace, adopting grace? Just a few drops in the bucket! Come to appreciate abiding grace and abundant grace? You ain’t seen nothing yet!
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
(1Peter 1:13 ESV)
The grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. The gift you’re gonna know when Jesus returns. The unmerited favor you will realize when you behold the glorious King. Set your hope fully on that, says the Spirit.
Whatever we know of grace, whatever we’ve already interacted with of divine favor, whatever real-life experience we have had with unmerited blessing, it’s just a foretaste of what’s to come. The grand slam of grace will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
To whatever degree grace for the day has evoked a response of thanksgiving, to whatever measure unmerited favor has evoked unrestrained praise, it’s just a rehearsal for the well of worship that will be released when we experience the gift of seeing our Savior face to face.
So set your hope fully on the grace to come.
Not just some pie-in-the-sky in the sweet-by-and-by, I-wish-I-may-I-wish-I-might hope. No, we’re talking about faith fueled, substantive hope (Heb. 11:1). We’re talking about Father promised, Son prepared hope (Jer. 31:33-34, Jn. 14:1-3). We’re talking about Spirit sealed, Spirit guaranteed hope (Eph. 1:13b-14). A fully persuaded hope. A hope that prepares minds for action because it recognizes the season for the temporary sojourn it truly is. A hope that leans into life here and now in anticipation of an unimaginable grace there and then.
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.
(Titus 2:11-13 ESV)
The grace of God has appeared. The grace of God will appear. This is our blessed hope.
This is what we have tasted of, barely. What we have seen, dimly. What we hope for, fully.
By His grace. For His glory.