SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION
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. (Titus 1:2-3)
To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. (Titus 1:4)
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we are saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:23-25)
Last week, in the opening of our study on Titus, we saw Paul’s twin self-identifications and purposes. He readily called himself both a slave and an apostle of Christ. As a slave, he placed his life entirely into the hands of his Savior, and as an apostle, he considered himself sent into the world to proclaim the good news that Jesus saves. The sent-servant then expressed that he slaved to increase the faith and knowledge of the truth in God’s chosen people, growing them toward godliness.
We conclude Paul’s greeting this week as he continues to provide his motivation for writing to his disciple. If strengthening the faith and knowledge of God’s elect was Paul’s purpose, then the hope of eternal life is his goal. Hope is the future expectation of faith. While faith is the daily assurance of things hoped for, hope is faith in the things to come. We are saved through faith, and our hope is in the completion of our salvation.
Paul goes on to explain that our hope of eternal life is secured by a promise from God, who never lies, and is manifested in God’s word through preaching. This emphasis upon God’s trustworthiness was likely especially poignant in comparison to the unreliability of the Greek and Roman gods. Finally, Paul closes his greeting by reminding Titus of the grace and peace that we have in God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Read verses 2-3 and discuss the following.
- We last saw that Paul sought to develop the faith and knowledge of Christians, and now we learn that both faith and knowledge are toward the goal of having hope of eternal life. What is hope and its significance to Christianity?
- Paul claims that we can truly have hope in eternal life because God promised it, and God never lies. How then is the word of God transmitted to us? How does verse three relate to Romans 10:13-17?
Read verse 4 and discuss the following.
- Paul calls Titus his “true child in a common faith.” How would you describe our common faith?
- The apostle closes the greeting with a blessing of grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. How does this last sentence of verse four present the gospel to us?
ACTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Take a few minutes consider the priorities in your life. Do these reflect your hope is in eternal life or in this present life?
- Pray for a deeper hope in Jesus Christ.