Before Time Began
Today’s scripture selection: Titus
Key verse: Titus 1:2
Right at the beginning of an often neglected little book called Titus, we find a wonderful truth:
“…in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”
There, nestled in a typical greeting of the apostle Paul to his readers, is a nugget of gospel hope.
God, who does not lie, promised eternal life, even before the beginning of time. Wow.
All those who think Christianity is just so much wishful thinking; all those who think it is a nicely constructed philosophical and moral argument; all those who think it is political commentary flavored with religious talk – take heed.
According to Paul, it is all part of God’s plan, made before time itself.
And it has no end, this plan He has set in motion.
It is faithful conviction like that which has survived the test of time. Despite all the criticism; all the heresy – it persists. Countless saints have died for it, willingly. Countless more will die for it in the future because somehow, mysteriously, despite the cost, they believe it with all their hearts. Paul was one of the first – but there have been many.
So, at Christmas, at Easter, and at all times in between – let the resounding joy be heard. This is no accident. This is no fluke. It is a plan – God’s plan – and nothing can thwart it.
Eternal Life, in Christ Jesus, offered to all.
And that’s no lie.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for this great, compassionate, loving plan for eternity. AMEN.