Two times Paul talks about the “hope of eternal life” in the book of Titus.
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life
This hope of eternal life isn’t a “Boy, I sure hope I have eternal life” as if there’s some doubt. Hope is a confident expectation; it’s a sealed deal.
The basis of our hope of eternal life is on the fact that God had salvation with the reward of eternal life figured out for a long time!
God doesn’t lie! If God says you can have eternal life in Christ, then guess what? You can have eternal life in Christ!
This hope of eternal life motivates us to do what God says to do. Titus 3 starts with a list of things God wants His people to do. Right after verse 7 about the hope of eternal life, he tells believers to maintain good works.
Remember from Peter that our hope of eternal life is a lively hope. It’s a hope that gives life, energy, purpose, and power to live now.
Hopeless jobs where you show up every day and do your thing with no evident progress, recognition, or appreciation get tiresome. If you have no hope, it’s hard to get out of bed, let alone go do work.
But if you have an eternal hope, one filled with all the substance of the inheritance in Christ, there will be some motivation to get busy!
We lose hope when we look at temporal things. We look at our politicians, our society, our virtues and we lose hope. We lose motivation. Everything seems overwhelming and pointless to even try to resist.
Yup, that is correct! The Bible does not disagree with that assessment of life on earth–vanity, vanity, all is vanity.
But the Bible speaks of hope, which means the Bible must also speak of a better world ahead of us, and it does.
The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us.
There is a better country with better virtues and better politicians! Put your hope there, let that hope fill you with passion, drive, and joy in doing God’s will even here. Our labor is not in vain in the Lord!