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The Word Of God Library





God’s Letter To Titus





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This book is dedicated to all the believers yet on earth of whom what God says at Hebrews 13:15 is true:

“Through Him (God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ) then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God (The Father), that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”





CONTENTS

Introduction

God’s Letter To Titus

Chapter One: Verses 1:1-16

Chapter Two: Verses 2:1-15

Chapter Three: Verses 3:1-15

Addendum A: The four ages of time

Addendum B: The two comings from Heaven to earth of God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ

Addendum C: For those who may not as yet know God

The Next Book

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INTRODUCTION

This is the sixth book in the series titled, “The Word of God Library.” God is leading His servant to have a few commentaries published which are the result of almost 38 years of study, combined with practical experience. And while these commentaries are expository in nature (that is, explained in some detail), they are still intended to be devotional, heartwarming, and as practical as possible, to help believers live out their faith in these last days of the present age. There are also three sections to the Addendum dealing with the four ages of time; the two separate comings from Heaven to earth in time of God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ; and also how one may have a personal relationship with God, if there are any readers who do not already have this vital relationship. It is highly recommended that one start with the Addendum before one begins to read the book.

What should also be mentioned before closing this Introduction is that after completing 21 years of formal education and then spending almost 28 years working in Project Engineering and Management in the Corporate offices of a large utility, God called His servant as a non-denominational evangelist in early 1999, and then sent him out a few thousand miles, away from family and friends, to the place of service God assigned, which is where His servant has been and is still serving Him as evangelist, counselor, author, editor, and publisher. The author is a widower with three adopted children, all now married with a family of their own.

Please note the two websites listed below, which have been established for the purpose of interacting with readers and for gospel ministry:

http://www.pilgrimpathwaypublications.com

http://servantofmosthigh.com

And now my prayer is that God will richly bless you as you read this book, and greatly minister to your every need in your life, as only God can! To Him be all praise, honor, and glory, with thanksgiving, both now and forevermore! Amen.









God’s Letter To Titus





CHAPTER ONE

Titus 1:1-16

Titus 1:1-4, an introduction, consisting of: a) God gave this letter through His servant, the apostle Paul; b) God’s threefold purpose for giving this letter; and c) Titus, as the recipient of the original letter from God

a) God gave this letter through His servant, the apostle Paul

As we begin God’s letter to Titus, we need to observe that it was the apostle Paul that God chose to write down this letter and send it to Titus, noting what we read in the first part of Titus 1:1, “Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ…” As we have noted in a number of author’s books already, a “bond-servant” was a believer who was in voluntary service to God out of love for Him, which was based on the literal master-slave relationship that God mentions at Deuteronomy 15:12,16,17, where we read, “[12] If your kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him free… [16] It shall come about if he says to you, 'I will not go out from you,' because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you; [17] then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant.” Therefore, a bond-servant is any believer who is in willing service to God The Father out of love for Him!

Then we see here that Paul was also “an apostle of Jesus Christ.” In other words, it was God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, Who had rendered Paul an apostle, which meant that it was not something that Paul took on for himself. Let us remember that an “apostle” is the word “Apostolos” in the original Greek that this letter was written in when given by God to Titus, which word meant ‘one sent forth.’ And so, Paul could say of himself at 1 Timothy 1:1 in part, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus…” The apostles were men chosen of God, along with New Testament prophets, to be for the foundation stage only, of the church during this present third age of time, which started with the coming of The Holy Spirit to permanently indwell believers, as we see at Acts 2:1-4. This is clear from what God tells us at Ephesians 2:20, when speaking of the believers making up that church, “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone”

Both apostles and prophets are therefore to be seen as only for the foundation stage of the present third age of time, also sometimes referred to as ‘the church age,’ who were then replaced with evangelists and shepherd/teachers before the end of first century AD, as we see from what God tells us at Ephesians 4:11, “And He (God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ) gave some as apostles, and some as prophets (during the foundation stage), and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers (the correct term here is ‘shepherd/teachers,’ which is a dual function).” And so, from the foundation stage in first century AD until today, we have gifted men given by God to the churches on earth, who are either evangelists or shepherd/teachers. If there are any who would like to read further on this, please see the author’s book, “Evangelism As God Intended.”

b) God’s threefold purpose for giving this letter

Then as God continues His letter to Titus through the apostle Paul, He mentions His threefold purpose for giving this letter, which we note from what we now read at Titus 1:1-3 in part, “[1] …for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, [2] in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, [3] but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior…” So in short, God’s threefold purpose here is: 1) For the faith of those chosen of God; 2) For the knowledge of the truth, which is according to godliness; and 3) For the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.”

And by now, hopefully all those reading this will realize that although Titus was the original recipient of this letter, nevertheless, as is true of all of God’s word to mankind contained in the other 65 books of the Bible, all God ever says is meant for mankind, and never just for one person! Let us note for instance what God tells us at 2 Timothy 3:16 regarding His eternal word, which we note here was also given of God for a fourfold purpose, “All Scripture (that is, all of God’s word) is inspired (that is, God-breathed, meaning that it came from His mouth) by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness…”

Let us now take a closer look at the threefold purpose as to why God gave this letter to Titus originally, which was then meant for all believers subsequently, with His first purpose being “for the faith of those chosen of God.” In other words, God wants believers reading this letter to be encouraged in their faith in God, which began at the moment of one’s salvation, when God gave one the supernatural power to believe the gospel, which God clearly speaks of at 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, where we read, “[1] Now I make known to you, brethren, THE GOSPEL which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, [2] BY WHICH ALSO YOU ARE SAVED, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. [3] For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the Scriptures, [4] AND THAT HE WAS BURIED, AND THAT HE WAS RAISED ON THE THIRD DAY according to the Scriptures…”

And “those chosen of God” here at Titus 1:1 is a reference to ALL believers, since what God says here is true of all believers, because all believers are “chosen of God!” The word “chosen” here is “Eklektos” in the original and means ‘to be picked out,’ which we need to remember was by God. In other words, this is a work that God does, as a work of His grace, and not something that we do, or ever could do of our own will. And it is important to realize two things here about God’s choosing of believers, with the first being that this was something that God did in eternity past, and two, that it was for the purpose of salvation, in that He would then save at some point in time those He chose in eternity past, seeing now both truths expressed in what God tells us at 2 Timothy 1:8,9 in part, “[8] …God, [9] who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity…” That, dear reader, is the greatest blessing that God could ever bestow upon a human being, for now one becomes His child, not just for time, but forever!

Then as to the second purpose that God had in giving this letter to Titus originally, and also to us, is “for the knowledge of the truth, which is according to godliness…” The word “knowledge” is “Epignosis” in the original and here speaks of full knowledge leading one to participation in that truth. And then the word “truth” is “Aletheia” in the original and here speaks of what comes directly from God as His word. And so this letter contains truth that God wants believers to know, and not just intellectually with the mind, but also as affecting the heart, so as to make a difference in how one lives while here on earth as a child of God.

That is why God adds here in speaking of that truth, “which is according to godliness.” The word “according” is “Kata” in the original and speaks of what is in keeping with, or pertains to; while the word “godliness” is “Eusebeia” in the original and here speaks of the piety that is characterized by a Godward attitude, which results in a life that is well-pleasing to Him. What God is therefore looking for here, which is expressed by this second purpose of His in giving this letter, is to see believers be living on earth as His own precious Son lived while one earth at His first coming from Heaven, Who at that time was in Himself the embodiment of all God’s truth in keeping with godliness, noting for instance what we read of Him at 1 Timothy 3:16, “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness (Eusebeia): He who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.” In short, during His whole time on earth, God’s Son was ever well-pleasing to His Father, always carrying on His will only (noting Matthew 3:17; 17:5; John 6:38; 17:4).

And lastly, the third purpose that God had in giving this letter was “…for the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago…” That word “hope” is “Elpis” and here speaks of the favorable and confident expectation of good to come in the future. In this case God makes known what that hope relates to, which is “eternal life.” Someone might ask at this point: Do we not all have eternal life with God already since the moment of our salvation, so how can God speak of “the hope of eternal life” here? Yes, that is true. Those who have come to personally know God in salvation have received at the very moment of believing the gospel relating to His Son the forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him. At the moment of believing, one received The Holy Spirit in one’s spirit, Who cleanses one from all sins committed since the age of accountability, with the age of accountability being the age at which a child first comes to recognize for oneself right from wrong, which moment is known only to God, and chooses the wrong and so sins for the first time against God, being from that point on personally responsible to Him for one’s sin.

And in The Holy Spirit coming to indwell one’s spirit and having cleansed one of all sins ever committed against God in one’s life, God starts to impart His own life through His Son by The Holy Spirit in one’s spirit, with that life being eternal, simply because God is eternal. That eternal life is sometimes referred to as God’s righteousness, simply because God is righteous, in that all He thinks, says, or does is right, so that all that ever comes from Him is His righteous life or righteousness. We see God express this clearly in what He says at Romans 8:9-11, “[9] However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. [10] If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness (God’s own imparted life). [11] But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life (eternal, as His own imparted life or righteousness) to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

What this means then is that from the moment of our salvation onward, we are being imparted eternal life by God when we are being imparted God’s own life or righteousness to live by moment by moment through His Son by The Holy Spirit in our human spirit. And as long as we continue with God with no known unconfessed sins in our lives, God continues to impart His righteousness to us, that is, His own life, which is eternal. Since we all have a sinful nature that can still sin, which sinful nature will be with us as long as we are still in our present bodies, then that means that even as believers we do unfortunately sin after salvation, with God having made provision for such occurrences in what He says at 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So the moment we confess our sin or sins to God, He forgives us that sin or sins, and cleanses us from all unrighteousness, in terms of cleansing us from the life from our sinful nature that we momentarily lived by while we were sinning, and now restores the flow of His own life to us by His Holy Spirit in us.

In now knowing this, we can come back to God’s third purpose for giving us this letter, which is “for the hope of eternal life,” and now see that what God has in view here is not our receiving of His eternal life in the present, which believers surely are receiving now as children of God yet on earth, but rather God is speaking of after this present life, when He introduces the word “hope.” In other words, those who know God in salvation do indeed have eternal life now, but God wants to make sure that we are clear on the question that some may ask: Will we have it after this life also? And this is what God wants to achieve in this third purpose in giving this letter, which is to give us “the hope of eternal life,” that is, that this eternal life that we have now is not just for the present, but is also sure for the future as well, even past this present life, after we are no longer in these bodies!

That is why God adds the words here, “which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.” Here we see that “the hope of eternal life” is anchored in two things relating to God Himself. In other words, that “hope of eternal life” past this present life is sure because, on the one hand, God cannot lie, and two, because this is something that God Himself has already promised in the past that would be so in the future! And if we cannot trust God, then whom can we trust? And so, that is why “the hope of eternal life” is sure to every believer past this present life, simply because God has promised it, and He cannot lie, or else that would be sin and He would cease to be God, which is an impossibility in itself.

And when we read here “God… promised long ages ago,” that term “long ages ago” is literally ‘before times eternal’ in the original. In other words, this eternal life here is something that God promised, not just in the past, but in fact in eternity past, before time even started being marked with the original creation of God. Let us look at two verses here, which will help us see this, these being at 2 Timothy 1:1,9, “[1] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of (eternal) life in Christ Jesus… [9] (God) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity…” At verse 1 here we see that God’s promise of eternal life in the future during time is IN HIS SON, The Lord Jesus Christ. And we have seen already that eternal life is ours at the moment of one’s salvation at some point in time, further seeing from verse 9 just quoted that this salvation itself is something that God granted us in His Son in eternity past, before time even began. This means that God had purposed in eternity past to give to those He chose for Himself at that point, to give eternal life in His Son at some point in time, after creation, at the moment that God saved us (noting Ephesians 2:8-10), which is when He gave us the faith to believe the gospel relating to His Son (2 Peter 1:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

And now, let us also note what God further reveals to us in this matter of eternal life at 1 John 5:11-13, “[11] And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. [12] He who has the Son has the (eternal) life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the (eternal) life. [13] These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” As we see from verse 13 here, God gave these verses so that one who has believed “in the name of the Son of God” might have the assurance that one indeed does have eternal life at present, since this eternal life is not something that we can see or touch. We just have to take God at His word that this is true, in terms of having it now by virtue of His Son being in us by The Holy Spirit.

There is yet another truth which needs to be brought out here, which further relates to why our hope of eternal life past this present life is sure. We have already noted above that at the moment of our salvation, which is at the moment that we believed the gospel of God relating to what His Son has done for us at the cross and beyond, we are given His Holy Spirit to dwell in our human spirit, which is forever, with The Holy Spirit simultaneously cleansing us of all sins ever committed against God and also begin to impart God’s own life for us to live by, which is eternal. However, there is something else which happens here, which we do not as often speak about, which is that The Holy Spirit unites us with God’s Son at the moment of our salvation, which is an eternal union, which can never be broken.

And to help us see this here, let us note God tells us at 1 Corinthians 12:12,13,27 to begin with, “[12] For even as the (human ) body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ (in other words, what is true in the physical world in regards to the human body is also true in the spiritual word in regards to Christ’s spiritual body). [13] For by one (Holy) Spirit we were all baptized into one body (that is, all those who are saved are by The Holy Spirit at that moment immersed in and made partakers of the spiritual body of God’s Son), whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit… [27] Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.” God also expresses this truth this way at 1 Corinthians 6:15a, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?,” which occurs when a believer receives The Holy Spirit so as to become a member of Christ’s spiritual body on earth, and forever after this present life also!

And now that we know this, let us also be aware that God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, after He died to pay the penalty of death due our sins, was buried to put our sins away, and then was raised from the dead the third day by God His Father, and then ascended back to His Father’s right Hand in Heaven, which means that He is now alive forever. The import of that truth for our present purpose here is that it is THROUGH GOD’S SON by The Holy Spirit that God The Father ever imparts His eternal life to us. And since The Son of God is alive forever, never to die; and since we are united with Him forever by The Holy Spirit, then this means that our hope of eternal life is absolutely sure! In other words, our hope of eternal life with God past this present life is sure because God’s Son ever lives for God The Father to continue to impart eternal life for us to live by!

And as we resume at God’s letter to Titus, we now see that God’s threefold purpose relates to eternity past, when God chose us for salvation; relates to the present in God giving us His truth so that we might live a godly life with Him while we are here on earth as His children; and also relates to the eternity future in that we have the hope of eternal life, which God had promised in His Son in eternity past, which He then gave to us in His Son at the moment of salvation in time; and which is guaranteed to us for all eternity to come since God’s Son is alive forevermore for God The Father to continue to impart that eternal life to us through His eternally alive Son by His Holy Spirit indwelling in us forevermore!

Then God continues through Paul at Titus 1 and says at verse 1:3, “but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior…” In other words, all that takes place in time, such as God giving to mankind His eternal word, as is contained in the Bible, is “at the proper time,” in terms of being under God’s Sovereign control, as to when His word is given, keeping in mind that God’s revelation of Himself in time through His word is progressive, in that one book of the Bible was given one after the other over time so that all God’s word that God wanted mankind to have would then be given during time. What this means is that at present, we have God’s total revelation of Himself in His word, which is something that Adam did not have at the beginning, or Abraham who came after him, nor Moses who came after him, and so forth.

We also see that Paul is led of God to give testimony here to the fact that he too had a part in the word of God coming to mankind in time, in the fact that quite a few of God’s letters were given by God through him, including this letter to Titus. This is what Paul refers to here when he says, “in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior,” with that being a work of God, and not something that Paul himself started doing on his own. In other words, this is the word of God, and not man’s word, nor Paul’s, even though he was the human instrument through whom God gave His word to mankind. Since we are human beings with a human language, it is only right that God would use human instruments to bring His word to mankind.

The apostle Peter is actually led of God to make reference to this very fact, when he is led of God to write at 2 Peter 3:15,16 in part, “[15] …just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, [16] as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.” Let us note at verse 16 here that “all his letters” are actually referred to as “the Scriptures,” which is a reference to the word of God! This is also clear from what God also led Peter to write at 2 Peter 1:20,21, “[20] But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, [21] for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but MEN MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT SPOKE FROM GOD.”

c) Titus, as the recipient of the original letter from God

Then we note that God continues and adds through Paul at Titus 1:4, “To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” So now we know that the recipient of God’s original letter was to a believer named “Titus,” further seeing here the connection between him and the apostle Paul when he is led of God to write, “my true child in a common faith.” What this means is that since Paul is a believer, then Titus is too, not only because they share “a common faith,” but also because Paul says of him, “my true child,” in terms of Titus being now a child of God through the ministry of Paul, in terms of Paul having been the human vessel that God used to bring the gospel to Titus, when it was time for him to be saved, that is, for him to be given the faith by God to believe in God’s Son, so as to receive the forgiveness of his sins, eternal life with God through The Holy Spirit, and to be united forever with God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, by that same Holy Spirit all believers are so united to Him by in the present age!

Then God adds through Paul, “Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior,” as indicative of what God wants all His children of earth to experience moment by moment after salvation, namely His grace and peace, speaking here of the grace of God, without which the supernatural life that believers are called to after salvation is impossible; and also the peace with God and of God that one has from the moment of salvation onwards, which is maintained as long as one walks with God with no known unconfessed sins in one’s life. God The Father is mentioned here as the Source of that grace and peace, which comes to believers through His Son, Christ Jesus our Savior, as The One Who gave Himself willingly at the cross to pay the penalty due our sins and those of the whole world, thereby earning the right to be called “our Savior!”


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