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“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” (Titus 1:2 NKJV).

From: October 26, 2020

DO YOU HAVE THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE?

In Paul’s letter to Titus, he described himself as an apostle of Jesus Christ who lived and preached in “hope of eternal life.” This eternal life is not only of the soul, but of the body. For the resurrection body of the Lord Jesus is the prototype of that which all who have trusted in Him will one day inherit. Paul described this as being promised by God before time began. In other words, God had planned for our eternal life before He created us, before He set the hands of time in motion. For God stands outside of time. He is the timeless and eternal One. More than that, as Paul wrote, He cannot lie. Paul does not say, God “does not” lie, but that He “cannot” lie. Why? Because it is against His righteous character. God is absolute truth, therefore He cannot lie. This means that whatever He promises is true. Not only that, because God is omnipotent, He is able to keep whatever he promises.
 
The resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead is proof of God’s promise and power. Do you believe this? Do you share this resurrection hope?
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, how great are Your plans for us, how wonderful Your love! We are amazed that You have promised us eternal life and that You have adopted us into Your family through Jesus Christ our Lord. Help us to cling to the hope of eternal life today and to share the gospel with all those we meet. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong” (Titus 1:9 NLT).

From: October 26, 2019

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THOSE WHO PREACH THE WORD

Paul gave his son in the faith, Titus, a list of qualifications for elders, in order to establish the church on the island of Crete. He concluded the list with three traits concerning the handling of the Gospel and of the Word of God. These three traits for an elder/pastor were:
1) Strong belief in the trustworthy message
2) Encourage others with wholesome teaching
3) Correct those who oppose the Word
 
Paul understood that the future of the church in Crete, and for that matter anywhere, rested upon their faithfulness to the Word of God. For as he stated in Romans “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). I think Titus surely heeded Paul’s instruction. For I have visited Crete and saw there a church named “Agios Titos,” which is “The Church of Saint Titus.” Believers still gather there in worship.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we love Your Word. Help us to always stand on its authority and to boldly declare it without adding or subtracting. May others see our strong belief and passion for the Word. Give us wisdom to preach and teach it in ways that encourage those who need encouragement and correct those who need correction. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you” (Titus 1:5 NLT).

From: October 26, 2018

TITUS AND THE CHURCH OF CRETE
Although it is uncertain when the apostle Paul visited the island of Crete, that he did visit it, and that he left Titus behind to establish its church, is a matter of history. Paul’s pattern would have been to do this work himself, but some pressing concern must have caused him to entrust this foundation work to his spiritual son, Titus.
 
My wife and I visited Crete in 2013. We walked from the harbor to its capital, Heraklion, and there found the object of our journey, namely, the Agios Titos, the Church of Saint Titus. Within this Greek Orthodox Church, they claim to have the skull of Saint Titus, proudly displaying it in a gold-encrusted setting. The practice of keeping relics is an ancient one and it seems certain that neither Titus nor Paul would’ve wanted such. Yet, the existence of the church, and even the macabre (to Western eyes) relic of Saint Titus, point to the reality that the church planting efforts of Paul and Titus are still in view.

Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion, Crete

“The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations” (Psalm 98:2 NKJV).

From: October 26, 2017

The psalmist praised the “LORD.” When English translations use all caps for this word, it shows that the revealed name, “Yahweh,” is being translated. Because the Jews considered the name too holy to say, they substituted the word “Adonai,” or Lord in its place when reading it aloud. Yahweh was the name that God had “made known” to Moses at the burning bush. It was the LORD who brought little Israel out of Egypt and established them as a nation in Canaan, so that all the nations knew He had delivered them. Yet, this was only a foreshadowing of the salvation God would “make known” through Christ Jesus. Now, Jesus has commanded His disciples to “go” and “make known” the good news of His salvation to the “nations” (Matt. 28:19-20).

“The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet… For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it…” (Jeremiah 50:1-3 ESV)

From: October 26, 2016

Seventy years later this prophecy was fulfilled as Cyrus came from the North and destroyed Babylon. The latter part of the prophecy, that no one would live there again, is still true over 2,400 years later. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but now there is only desert in its place. It is said that Saddam Hussein planned to rebuild Babylon anew in his modern Iraq, yet the sand still blows over the supposed site. God’s Word continues to stand, but Babylon has fallen never to rise again.

“The word that the Lord spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet… For out of the north a nation comes up against her, Which shall make her land desolate, And no one shall dwell therein…” (Jeremiah 50:1-3 NKJV)

From: October 26, 2015

Seventy years later this prophecy was fulfilled as Cyrus came from the North and destroyed Babylon. The latter part of the prophecy, that no one would live there again, is still true over 2,400 years later. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but now there is only desert in its place. It is said that Saddam Hussein planned to rebuild Babylon anew in his modern Iraq, yet the sand still blows over the supposed site. God’s Word continues to stand, but Babylon has fallen never to rise again.

“The Lord gave Jeremiah the prophet this message concerning Babylon… Raise a signal flag to tell everyone that Babylon will fall! …For a nation will attack her from the north and bring such destruction that no one will live there again” (Jeremiah 50:1-3 NLT)

From: October 26, 2014

Seventy years later this prophecy was fulfilled as Cyrus came from the North and destroyed Babylon. The latter part of the prophecy, that no one would live there again, is still true over 2,400 years later. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but now there is only desert in its place. It is said that Saddam Hussein planned to rebuild Babylon anew in his modern Iraq, yet the sand still blows over the supposed site. God’s Word continues to stand, but Babylon has fallen never to rise again.

“Through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior” (Titus 1:3)

From: October 26, 2013

Paul viewed his role as preacher as being both a trust to steward and a calling to obey. I’m often asked, “How did you know that you were called to preach?” My answer? How does a woman know that she is pregnant? There is a growing awareness that something new and different is taking place within. Ultimately, there is a state not easily ignored and a message that cries out to be birthed. As Paul also said, “Woe to me if I do not preach!” (1 Cor. 9:16).

“The Lord gave Jeremiah the prophet this message concerning Babylon… Raise a signal flag to tell everyone that Babylon will fall! …For a nation will attack her from the north and bring such destruction that no one will live there again” (Jeremiah 50:1-3)

From: October 26, 2012

Seventy years later this prophecy was fulfilled as Cyrus came from the North and destroyed Babylon. The latter part of the prophecy, that no one would live there again, is still true over 2,400 years later. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but now there is only desert in its place. It is said that Saddam Hussein planned to rebuild Babylon, yet the sand still blows over the supposed site. God’s Word still stands, but Babylon has fallen.

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:9)

From: October 26, 2011

Important qualification for pastors/elders. Like a relay race runner they must “hold firmly” the baton of the Word as it was passed to them. Their task is to pass it on without dropping it. How firm is your faith grip?