The reading for today is Titus 1:1 - 4
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 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, 4To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Paul’s letters all start with his introduction of himself and his ministry. Titus is a disciple to Paul and was sent home to Crete to organize the church there. In verse 2, we are reminded that God promised eternal life to all of us, even before we existed. We live in the hope of that eternal life. This hope is not just wishful thinking, it is based on our faith.
Maybe more interesting, this verse is saying that God does not lie. It seems odd that Paul would need to make that statement. There are other places in the Bible where similar statements are made, like in Hebrews 6:18. Our God is truth, His Word is eternal.
We are again entering the season of political debates and rallies, with all of the candidates making promises. We don’t know which promise is true or which is just what we may want to hear at the time. The Bible gives us God’s Word which is true and unchanging. Paul tells Titus to preach the Word to the people of Crete telling them of the one true God. God promises us eternal life not because of what we have done but through His mercy and grace. It’s all about grace!
Dear Lord, thank you for your Word and your grace and your mercy. Help us to strive each day to better follow You. Amen
Barry Dougherty firstname.lastname@example.org
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