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Paul's Greeting to Brother Titus Part 2
Titus 1:2-3 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; KJV
Paul continues in his greeting to Brother Titus declaring the grand end or goal of every servant of God the Father and that is every man, woman, boy, and girl who trust our Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ are given a 'hope' that is all together different than what the non-believer has on this earth, so Paul writes now these words, "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;" (Titus 1:2) (KJV). The English word 'hope' is translated by the Greek word elpis which means (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: - that is, confident expectation or certain expectation. In other words, this entire verse declares the faithfulness and the truthfulness of God the Father, for He 'promised' that He would grant everlasting life in peace, comfort, joy, and bliss in heaven with Him for every sinful human being who trusted our Lord Jesus Christ ONLY for forgiveness of their sin. The English word 'promised' is translated by the Greek word epaggellō which means to announce upon, that is, (by implication) to engage to do something, to assert something respecting oneself: - profess, (make) promise.
Paul declares in this verse that God cannot lie which simply means that it is a part of His nature to always declare the truth, for He can never say or speak that which is false or a lie. Here is what Albert Barnes had to say about this verse, "The fact that God cannot lie; that it is His nature always to speak the truth; and that no circumstances can ever occur in which He will depart from it, is the foundation of all our hopes of salvation. The only hope of salvation is in the promise of God. It is only as we can have evidence that He has assured us that we may be saved, that we are authorized to cherish any hope of salvation. That promise is not made to us as individuals, or by name, but it becomes ours: (1) Because He has made a general promise that they who repent and believe shall be saved; and, (2) Because, we may have evidence that we have repented, and do believe the Gospel. If this is so, we fairly come under the promise of salvation, and may apply it to ourselves."
Paul declares to Titus and to us that this eternal hope that he purposed to grant to sinful man before the world began, also shows that He knew man/Adam would sin in the Garden of Eden and his doing so did not require God the Father to enact a Plan B, but instead He knew what He would do all along and Paul now further declares this knowledge of God with these next words, "But hath in due times manifested His word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;" (Titus 1:3) (KJV). The English phrase 'hath in due' is translated by the Greek word idios which means pertaining to self, that is, one's own; by implication private or separate: The English word 'times' is translated by the Greek word kairos which means an occasion, that is, set or proper time: The English word 'manifested' is translated by the Greek word phaneroō which means to render apparent or declare. The English word 'preaching' is translated by the Greek word kērugma which means a proclamation (especially of the Gospel; by implication the Gospel itself).
So, in other words, God the Father (who knew man would fall into sin and rebellion) has at His own season of human history, that is, at a time which was according to His own eternal plans has declared salvation for sinful and rebellious humanity by proclamation or the preaching of the Gospel of Christ that declares His death and buriel (for sin), His resurrection from the grave (for the justification of the sinner) and His ascension back to heaven (declaring the eternal hope of heaven for the sinner). Paul declares to Titus and to us that this very precious honor was bestowed to him by God the Father and God the Son through and by the Power of God the Holy Spirit granting and enabling him to declare this message of eternal hope to the entire world. Here is what Adam Clarke had to say about this verse, "God caused the Gospel to be published in that time in which it could be published with the greatest effect. It is impossible that God should prematurely hasten, or causelessly delay, the accomplishment of any of His works. Jesus was manifested precisely at the time in which that manifestation could best promote the glory of God and the salvation of man."
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reade, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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