Reminders of God{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.

In a world that has competing images of who God is, it is easy to lose our focus on the One True God. One of the basic disciplines of faith is to return to the Scriptures to be reminded about the character of the God we worship.

At the beginning of the book of Titus the apostle Paul mentions God five times in four verses. Each time he mentions God Paul reminds us of a very important truth that we need to remember about God. These truths will help give us a more accurate picture of our Creator and Savior.

  1. God is Sovereign: “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ…” Paul acknowledges that he is doing God’s will. As an apostle and a servant Paul is under the authority of God. He has been called by God, and thus Paul, in order to be in obedience, needs to do God’s will. It is God who is in charge of Paul’s life. We need to remember that our lives are not our own. God has claim on our lives, and the only way to experience life the way it was meant to be lived is to live in obedience to God. He is our Master, King, and Sovereign.
  2. God has a people: “… for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,” Part of Paul’s responsibility was to encourage God’s people. The people of God, or the elect, are all those people who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. Paul was to go to these people and build up their faith and their character through the proclamation of God’s truth. When we put our faith in Jesus we become part of the elect. That means God will watch over us, provide for us, and mold us into the people that He designed us to be. To be part of God’s people is a tremendous blessing.
  3. God is a Promise Keeper: “in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began…” One of the themes that runs through Scripture is that God keeps his promises. In the Old Testament we read about the promise that God made to Abraham that he would bless the entire world through Abraham’s descendants. A thousand years later that promise was realized in Jesus. We can hope for eternal life, the new life that we find in Jesus, because God has kept his promises in the past, even though they took years to be realized.
  4. God’s truth is communicated through preaching: “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;” God uses people to proclaim his truth to the world. Paul was one of the people God had called to preach his word. It is through this verbal communication that God gives people a foundation of truth upon which they can build their lives. God continues to use people to preach and proclaim his word. That is why preaching is such a vital part of our worship times, for God uses it to communicate his truth to his people.
  5. God provides: “To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” Paul reminds Titus that God provides for him. Specifically here it is grace and peace, but we know that God provides in many different ways for his people. He provides us with financial help, with healing, and with wisdom to name a few. As God’s people we can count on him to provide for our needs.

We are confronted with many competing images of God. It is important for us to return to Scripture and build our image of God from the truth we discover on its pages. Here we are reminded by Paul that God is our Sovereign, that he has a people, that he keeps his promises, that he communicates his truth, and that he provides for the needs of his people. That is a small snapshot of what our God looks like.

Questions to consider:

  • Why is it so important for us to develop our image of God from the truth of Scripture?
  • Which of these five truths about God did you need to be reminded of today?
  • Why do you think Paul begins this letter by focusing on God?
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