Tit. 1:2

Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

Scripture does not just declare God’s saints to be His servants (cf. 1:1), but also to be eternally secure in their salvation. Everlasting life is the hope of every genuine believer in the Lord. However, this word hope is not, as English describes it to be, based upon a mere possibility or even the feeling of expectation for something to happen – as if to say that God may not actually  come through on His promises. No, on the contrary, this hope has its foundation in the Word of God – and God never lies (cf. 1 Sam. 15:29; Heb. 6:18). Thus, it is a 100% guarantee, a full assurance, a certain expectation, a definite plan of action, and a sure hope!

But when did He make this promise? The text says that He made it before the ages began [i.e. before God wound the clock, created space, and laid the foundation of the world]. The implication is that, even before Genesis chapter one, God already knew the beginning from the end (cf. Isa. 46:9-10). Both the angelic rebellion and the fall of man were in His mind before these creatures ever took their first breath. And the fact that God alone possesses all knowledge actually serves to bolster our confidence in His promises. After all, this truth ensures that mankind cannot and will not ever do anything that might take God by surprise and thus nullify the promise.

However, it must be understood that the reason why this promise of eternal life is such a for-sure-thing is not because of our faith or knowledge or even our own personal godliness. It has absolutely nothing to do with us or what we bring to the table because salvation is fully a work of God – from beginning to end. The reason that this promise is a guarantee for those who, like Paul, belong to God is because it is entirely dependent upon God – His character and His reputation. Thus, our hope of eternity rests wholly on God and His unfailing promises.

Finally, this verse also acts as a contrast to verse twelve. Whereas God is declared to be always truthful, humans, specifically the Cretans, are described to be always liars. Thus, the integrity of God is juxtaposed with the deception of man.

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