"Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness." Titus 1:1
"...Paul, a servant of God..."
A servant of God, is a messenger of Jesus Christ, sent to bring forth faith to God’s elect or those God has chosen, teaching them to know God's truth, and to acknowledge it in all godliness.
"...according to the faith of God's elect..."
Now as a believer yourself, you were able to believe because God caused you to, He chose you and implanted that faith in you. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" Ephesians 2:8.
Always remember that He loved you first, and this faith (we all have) was brought to you. Paul says to Timothy, "When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands" 2 Timothy 1:5-6.
You were taught to know God's truth, and to acknowledge it in all godliness. I also can remember how I first came to know God, long strong though, but my uncle Andrew Malete the right reverend Bishop taught me. Even though in my mind I first resisted, but later God by his spirit worked through my inner man to believe.
"...the acknowledging of the truth..."
May I remind you also, that the kind of truth which you received change lives when acknowledged. That word has eternal life for you also, which God promised before the world began, and God cannot lie.
"...God, that cannot lie..."
"...hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour" Titus 1:3, for you!
"To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee." Titus 1:4-5
"...To Titus, mine own son after the common faith..."
These days our young preachers seek spiritual guidance out of those old prophets who inspired them to preach. Nothing wrong if sonship is sought after the common faith, not strange doctrines. Paul said, Titus is truly my son in the affairs of the Lord.
"...Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour..."
Hebrews 13:9 says, "It is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein".
And Paul says, "For this cause [meaning all of the above] left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee."
"...set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders..."
We need elders, [pastors] leaders to help strengthen the body of Christ, churches. Above I said, a servant of God, is a messenger of Jesus Christ, sent to bring forth faith to God’s elect or those God has chosen, teaching them to know God's truth, and to acknowledge it in all godliness. These leaders are messengers of Christ, and when they teach they should follow instructions or patterns shown them.
And here is the pattern;
"...be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake." Titus 1:6-11
Every seasoned servant of God should acknowledge this truth which is after godliness.
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