Post by fearnot on Oct 7, 2019 9:40:43 GMT -5
Paul wrote this to Titus ( a Gentile) who was close to Paul ( one of Paul's converts)
and who was on the Island of Crete as its pastor.
Paul discusses the various problems, needs etc facing Titus ( Like the need to ordain elders and false teachers etc.).
Sound doctrine combined with good works ( Holy living) for evangelism is also a factor.
Even the rapture and the return of Jesus.
Written around 64 AD
Titus 1: 1-4
Paul says he is a 'slave' of God, for some reason they changed it to servant?
But I am pretty sure the Greek word is doulos...which I think is a 'slave'
(completely surrendered to another)
I think it is important because a 'slave' is bought and is not his own ( whereas a 'servant' tho he or she may do the same things, the servant has generally more 'rights').
In the old testament, after a period of time, a slave might become his or her own person again, but strangely some 'chose' to remain slaves.
Someone might think, well, maybe, they could see that because maybe there were not enough well paying jobs, so if the had a super kind owner they found themselves, well fed, clothed, housed, medically taken care of and even loved.
However, thinking it was because they could not find a job that paid enough, is not necessarily true.....there are people today making millions, but because they simply cannot manage money....at all loose it all
and strange as it seems to us, because we never ever think of someone choosing to be a slave rather its imposed on them.....the idea of true love going both ways, never enters our thoughts....but no one can ever love us like our Creator and yet.....we are either 'owned by Him or by Satan.
Jesus 'bought' us with His blood and death on the cross paying for our sins.
Paul goes on to say he is an Apostle of Jesus, so tho a slave, Paul had authority given by Jesus.....
For the reason being for:
the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth
Here it mentions election God's elect.....God's choosing.
If the choosing were left up to us, totally, we were not have security
because things happen, emotions happen
Today, I might be gung ho for the Lord, but something horrible might happen tomorrow and I am so hurt, angry, disappointed, in such pain....I might at that moment be done with the Lord ( and if I were to die in that state.....if it were only up to me.....well my eternal outcome would be terrible!!)
So, God choosing is security ( I cannot leap out of God's hand....I can try, but praise be to God, if I am His, my 'snit' will never last, and I am His for all eternity!!!)
And I can rest in the fact that God does not lie....so if He says He will keep me, He will!!
Eternal life was promised before the universe was created......God determined to save many people.
God has times He has appointed or appointed times ( things do not happen before their time....often sadly ( to my way of thinking) it's not the timing to 'my' wish LOL)
And yet, I have also discovered, that God's timing has always been for a reason and is the best timing.....not my I want it now timing!!
But through the preaching of the Word ( God's Word)
God's purposes, wisdom, timing etc is made known.
And as God's slave Paul was commanded to preach the Lord's Word ( but it was also an honor and out of love for God) for Paul to do so