in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,Titus 1:2-3 NIV
The hope of eternal life! This hope is not just something that we would like to see take place. It is not a wishful hope. Instead, this hope is a confident assurance of something that has not yet taken place. Jesus told us that eternal life is knowing God (John 17:3). And we do know him now through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us as a deposit, guaranteeing what is yet to come (Eph. 1:14). But there is so much yet to come. And that is the hope we have.
This hope of eternal life is not something God decided to do in response to anything that has happened in this world. Rather, it was promised before the beginning of time. It was God’s plan and purpose before he even began to create. When he created us, it was with the idea that we would have eternal life in him.
While his plan for us is eternal, it was not fully revealed to us until the appointed time, God’s chosen time. Prior to that, he provided a foreshadowing of the gospel through the Law and the Prophets (Heb. 10:1, 1 Pet. 1:10-12). But the reality is found only in Jesus (Col. 2:17).
At the appointed time, God the Son became a man, lived among us, and died as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 Jn. 2:2). Now, salvation, the hope of eternal life, is proclaimed through his name (Acts 4:12) and through faith in his blood shed on the cross (Rom. 3:22-25). And all who believe in him will have eternal life (John 6:40).