Titus – Revealing Our Promise of Eternal Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Titus was a great believer and companion of Paul’s, and Paul wrote to him in an Epistle to strengthen his devotion toward God and toward God’s children.

Titus is a revelation from God through the ministry of Paul and as a revelation the Epistle reveals Christ as all of God’s healing Word does.

We as believers today can gain tremendous understanding from this wonderful Epistle that is interwoven throughout with the promise that we have eternal life.

Titus 1:1-3a:
-1: PAUL, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect {chosen}, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after {according to} godliness;
-2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
-3a: But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, . . .

The truth of God’s Word introduces to people “godliness” and godliness means a true and vital spiritual relationship with Him Who created all things. Having godliness in our lives increases our hope of eternal life, that our heavenly Father has promised even before the world began.

The “due times” are these days now, for this is the season of grace in which the promise of eternal life is available to anyone who will simply accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. God’s promise of eternal life is manifested today to people through the preaching {the proclaiming} of His Word.

Titus 2:11-14:
-11: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men {by preaching},
-12: Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
-13: Looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
-14: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Contrary to how I was taught, that Christians were a particularly weird type of people, the words “peculiar people” means people who have been placed over and above because we believe in spiritual matters, which causes us to be a special group of people who trust in God’s Word and have spiritual abilities to bring God’s written Word into reality by being persistent in our believing faith.  This is being “zealous of good works.” Because we live “soberly” which is to have and live by whole thoughts that come to us from His Word, we thus live “righteously” and “godly”!

Titus 3:3-8:
-3: For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers {many} lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
-4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, {God is called our Saviour because He is the architect and Creator of the plan of redemption.}
-5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done {were we saved}, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration {a cleansing new birth that we have in Christ: I Peter 1:23}, and renewing of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit},
-6: Which {holy spirit} he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
-7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs {of heaven itself, with the riches of God and Christ: see Romans 8:17} according to the hope of eternal life {which God promised before the world began}.
-8: This is a faithful saying, and these things {above} I will that thou affirm constantly {that we believe what the Word of God gives to us in grace}, that they which have believed in God might be careful {anxious, excitedly blessed} to maintain good works {of walking in the steps of our Savior}. These things are good and profitable unto men {and women of God}.

Eternal life does not begin when this present life ends, but rather begins at the moment of our salvation, for we have already received God’s promise of salvation that He has been waiting to give since before the world began.

When we begin enjoying our lives immersed in God’s gracious Word, the more our abundant life with God in Christ becomes ever more pleasant and enjoyable in our day to day adventures with our God. In the present tense, God has given to us Our Promise of Eternal Life, which we can enjoy for eternity.

The Elect of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Colossians contains such wonderful truths and it is awe-inspiring for believers to read and learn as they begin or continue in their spiritual walks with God in the knowledge of Christ Jesus our resurrected Savior.  God’s wonderful Word cannot be thoroughly understood in a cursory reading, rather when the believing heart looks to God’s Word for spiritual understanding and guidance, then God begins to reveal Himself in literally byte-sized portions.

When Jesus Christ was physically here, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail. Yet within those short verses, a world of truth and understanding can be found. For instance: remember when Jesus touched the man with leprosy (Luke 5:12-13)? On first glance we may suspect that Jesus had a magic finger; however, the word touched meant that Jesus embraced this man with a hug (lovingly)! Can you now picture Jesus walking up to this man whose body was literally falling apart and holding him in his arms as the leprosy completely subsided? WOW, this was much more than a touching moment not only for the leper but also for the masses who were watching this demonstration of the love of God that Jesus was displaying.

Jesus’ loving embrace completely set the leper free! This indeed is a wonderful study in God’s healing Word, yet it is only a fragment of Scripture, for with byte-sized morsels of the living bread of life God literally teaches His children.  From time to time in our own lives as we look into the Scriptures we also can spiritually feel the eternal embrace that comes from our heavenly Father, and our resurrected Savior Christ Jesus!

Colossians 3:8-10:
-8: But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
-9:  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
-10:  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

In the Epistles, whenever the Word is asking us to put off something the Word always gives us something else to replace it with. In Colossians God is asking us to put off some incredible ill feelings that spill out into words that will only hurt us eventually. The words, “old man” represents who we were before salvation, and the “new man” represents the Christ within, and God is encouraging us to put this new man on in our minds. The new man can be continually renewed in knowledge after the image of God, Who created the Christ within.

Colossians 3:11-13:
-11:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
-12:  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
-13:  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Before God’s eyes (and spiritually speaking) we have no earthly credentials because we have Christ within, and we have a heavenly standing that God recognizes. No believer is above or below another in God’s family for we are on the same par because Christ is in all believers equally. We have been elected by God Almighty to partake in the life of Christ. Before we can really forgive others we may, as the elect of God, forgive ourselves (Matthew7:3-5), for then we can genuinely reach out with the love of God and embrace others in the place of our wonderful Savior.