Titus 1:1-4 (ESV)
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior; To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
I don’t know if you do this, but sometimes it’s easy to either skip over or read quickly through without much thought to the sections labeled the greeting when we start reading a book of the Bible. But everything we are given in the Bible has a meaning, so let’s take a look at the greeting as Titus begins. Sometimes it’s fun to just break down a set of verses. The greeting has four verses, so let’s go for it.
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,
An introduction to Paul himself, his role, his purpose. He considers himself first a servant, and then an apostle. As an apostle, (the Greek meaning “one sent off”, a witness, evangelist, or teacher) he is fulfilling a directive from God. Why? To reach God’s people, for those who have chosen to believe, and accept, Jesus as Lord and Savior. To further their knowledge of the truth as it aligns with godliness.
in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
We see encouragement by Paul given here. A reminder that our hope of eternal life is God-given. A reminder that God cannot lie, and that this promise went into action long before the world as we know it began.
and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
Paul continues encouragement by showing that Jesus himself entrusted Paul to spread the Word, to preach the fulfillment of the promise; to bring those who do not have the hope to accept by faith the Christ and become a part of the family of God.
To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Paul shares this first with Titus so it can be shared with others. Paul recognizes and proclaims Titus as his child in the faith they share, and in the salutation prays over him, over us, the continuation of the promise that through Christ Jesus, God the Father offers to us grace and peace.
Just a little exercise to prepare for reading the book of Titus. Try it for yourself, see how the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart and spirit. You might have been given something a little different – maybe a lot different. God speaks to us as individuals, as demonstrated through the Bible writers in whom He breathed the Word and in their own personalities set those words to paper. But the Truth of His Word holds firm, applicable yesterday, today, and in all our tomorrows.
On the home page, a video/reading of the entire book is available. I enjoy “hearing” the Word of God, maybe you will as well.
Titus pt 2 will be posted on Friday, March 6, 2020.