God Doesn’t Lie

Key Text: Titus 1:1-9

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me 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.

Some would say it’s an overly wordy salutation to a letter.  The apostle Paul had a habit of doing that – being wordy – or at least, some people think so.

But there, nestled in with all the big, theological words, there is one glorious little truth: God doesn’t lie.

Paul says he has the privilege of being “a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ” and that his job is to “further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of truth that leads to godliness….”

He does this job “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised….”

There it is –do you see it?

God promised eternal life before the beginning of time itself.

As we go through life; struggle with all of life’s challenges; deal with the pain and hardship that life can bring – we have this great hope – that God has promised eternal life before the beginning of time itself.

Nothing has happened, not since the beginning that has done anything to make God change His mind.

We can count on it because, as Paul says in faith, God doesn’t lie.

To some it may seem only like a verbose salutation to an ancient letter.

To me – it’s the great good news of the Gospel of Christ.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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