This is a continuation from Titus – Introduction – Part 1, where Pastor Kyle is focusing on the first 4 verses in the book of Titus and 4 purposes for Christians in covenant with God.
Paul’s ministry as a servant of God was “for the hope of eternal life”. As we grow in our knowledge of the truth, everything begins to be put in its proper perspective. As we become more centered on the gospel, the worries of life, the stresses of work, and the frustrations of relationships begin to be shaped by the truth found in the good news of Jesus Christ. We move away from plotting and scheming for our own futures, and we begin to hope in the future that God has promised. What is Christian hope? What does the bible have to say about hope?
1. In God. Psa. 39:7. 1 Pet. 1:21.
2. In Christ. 1 Cor. 15:19. 1 Tim. 1:1.
3. In God’s promises. Acts 26:6, 7. Tit. 1:2.
4. In the mercy of God. Psa. 33:18.
5. Is the work of the Holy Ghost. Rom. 15:13. Gal. 5:5. Hope is obtained through
6. Grace. 2 The. 2:16.
7. The word. Psa. 119:81.
8. Patience and comfort of the Scriptures. Rom. 15:4.
9. The gospel. Col. 1:5, 23.
10. Faith. Rom. 5:1, 2. Gal. 5:5. 1
1. The result of experience. Rom. 5:4.
12. A better hope brought in by Christ. Heb. 7:19.
13. Good. 2 The. 2:16.
14. Lively. 1 Pet. 1:3.
15. Sure and steadfast. Heb. 6:19.
16. Gladdening. Pro. 10:28.
17. Blessed. Tit. 2:13.
18. Makes not ashamed. Rom. 5:5.
19. Triumphs over difficulties. Rom. 4:18.
20. Is an encouragement to boldness in preaching. 2 Cor. 3:12.
Covenant Members and Hope
21. Are called to. Eph. 4:4.
22. Rejoice in. Rom. 5:2. Rom. 12:12.
23. Have all, the same. Eph. 4:4.
24. Have, in death. Pro. 14:32.
25. Should abound in. Rom. 15:13.
26. Should look for the object of. Tit. 2:13.
27. Should not be ashamed of. Psa. 119:116.
28. Should hold fast. Heb. 3:6.
29. Should not be moved from. Col. 1:23.
30. Should continue in. Psa. 71:14. 1 Pet. 1:13.
31. Connected with faith and love. 1 Cor. 13:13.
32. Salvation. 1 The. 5:8.
33. Righteousness. Gal. 5:5.
34. Christ’s glorious appearing. Tit. 2:13.
35. A resurrection. Acts 23:6. Acts 24:15.
36. Eternal life. Tit. 1:2. Tit. 3:7.
37. Glory. Rom. 5:2. Col. 1:27.
38. Leads to purity. 1 Jno. 3:3.
39. Leads to patience. Rom. 8:25. 1 The. 1:3.
40. Seek for full assurance of. Heb. 6:11.
41. Be ready to give an answer concerning. 1 Pet. 3:15.
42. Encouragement to. Hos. 2:15. Zec. 9:12.
43. Happiness of. Psa. 146:5.
44. Is in their worldly possessions. Job 31:24.
45. Shall make them ashamed. Isa. 20:5, 6. Zec. 9:5.
46. Shall perish. Job 8:13. Job 11:20. Pro. 10:28.
47. Shall be extinguished in death. Job 27:8.
Here we see that the sure hope of eternal life was promised before its manifestation. It was promised before the incarnation of Jesus Christ. This alludes to God’s eternal promises, before the creation of the world, that He would save for Himself a people. The preaching and proclamation of the gospel manifests salvation in the hearts of God’s elect. We see this same truth in Romans 10:14 when Paul says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
Through the preaching of the gospel, eternal life, hope, grace, mercy, and love is manifested in the hearts of both believers and unbelievers. We need the gospel. If you do not have a relationship with the King of kings and the Lord of lords, you need the gospel. If you have loved Jesus for as long as you can remember then you, also, need the gospel.
• We need the hope the gospel gives us
• We need the grace the gospel gives us
• We need the mercy the gospel gives us
• We need the love the gospel gives us.
Let us be a people who faithfully proclaims the truth of the gospel in our homes, at our jobs, with our family, and with our friends so that the hope of eternal life may be manifested in our culture.