Titus "In Hope of Eternal Life"
The greetings/introductions to each of the New Testament books reveal who Jesus is, His leaders are, and who the church is individually-collective, and this blog series intends to help us understand how that allows God’s people receive revelation into a deeper relational existence than they had prior to knowing this amazing map of our journey that He has given to us.
The greeting of the letter titled Titus is, “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour."
Titus is one of the shortest books in the New Testament and has one of the longest greetings. This greeting is full of new revelation, and I will touch on just a few of them; the first of which is, “according to the faith of God's elect,” The faith of God’s elect is the only faith that people can have in God to bring them to Him in the way they should be reconnected to Him and be led into everlasting peace. This faith is the initial gift that draws His people to Him, and keeps them there eternally; because they know who He is through this gift and there is no desire to go anywhere else.
The next phrase I will comment on is, “promised before the world began;” God cannot lie, but He promised this, and the obvious question is, who did He promise it to if the recipients did not exist? The answer is, the recipients did exist, and they are the elect of God.
The final phrase I will comment about today is, “in due times manifested his word” God knew when He would manifest His word to His people and did it exactly when it needed to occur. God still manifests the Word to His elect in due time today and every day in the future to whom He wills and as they need to receive it. This is a great mystery to all of His people until He reveals it to them, and they can rest knowing that He has it exactly as it needs to be every step of their journeys.
Tomorrow’s blog is Philemon which states, “Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ,”