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After a discussion on how elders (Titus 1:5-14), older men (Titus 2:2), older women (Titus 2:3-5), young men (Titus 2:6), and slaves (Titus 2:9-10) should act, Paul sums up the attributes that “all people” should exhibit in their lives.
For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.
Okay, so we spent three full blogs on the first verse of Titus. We’ll be moving a tad faster from here. At a minimum, we’ll finish the greeting of Paul’s letter in today’s blog!
In His own time He has revealed His message in the proclamation that I was entrusted with by the command of God our Savior: To Titus, my true son in our common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
If I could just repeat the words “in His own time” over and over in different situations I would be a more mature Christian. The problem is – I want God to work in MY own time. Well, not just God. Pretty much everyone should work on my time table – my husband, friends, family, boss, cashiers…
Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to build up the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
In my Bible, this truth is packed in three little words and squished in the middle of a long sentence. It’s easy to miss. And in fact, I did miss it, several times while reading this verse. Even more than just skimming over it, the words can be removed from the text altogether and it’s still a sentence. So why did Paul include it? Why did he feel the need to write that God cannot lie?
First, it doesn’t say that God does not lie. This would imply that it is possible for Him to slip up on occasion. It’s hard for us to wrap our tiny flesh-contained brains around the idea that God cannot lie. Because all of us are capable of lying. In fact, sometimes when we don’t even mean to we do. Just the other day I was telling a story from my week when I suddenly realized that it had actually happened the week before. Did that make me a huge liar? No. It showed the inadequacy of my memory – and the fact that I am prone to sinning without planning to sin.
My husband and I don’t disagree on much, but on this one particular point, we are polar opposites – I’m so glad I’m not in high school anymore. He, on the other hand, loved every second and doesn’t understand why other people don’t want to go back. Then again, he loved middle school, too.
For me, high school was hard. I had transitioned into more challenging classes, many of which came with college credit. I loved my clubs and extra curricular activities, but I was also ready to move on to the next stage of life. So much so, that it was easy to forget that I was supposed to be a representative for Christ in my daily life.
So when I saw this newly released book, 10 Reasons to Stay Christian in High School: A Guide to Staying Sane When Everyone Else has Jumped off the Deep End by Michael Ross & Greg Johnson, I wanted to know what they had to say.