If you spill milk at home, you clean it up. No biggie. If something falls off the grocery shelf and breaks, the store cleans it up. Again no biggie. But if an oil tanker ruptures and spills its oil in the ocean, that is a biggie. And it will require an expert and lengthy clean up. In our passage for Sunday, the church in Crete had a massive spiritual spill and needed a massive clean up. So who you gonna call?
This was an assignment few men besides Titus could handle. Titus would need a “clear line of authority from God, through an Apostle, and finally to the man assigned to lead” the clean up. (Dr Charles Swindoll). He establishes this authority in the first four verses of the Epistle.
He begins by showing WHY he is directing the clean up through Titus.
“Paul a bond-servant of God and an Apostle of the Jesus Christ…”
Secondly, Paul tells him for WHAT God purposed Him
“for the faith of those chosen, and the knowledge of the truth, which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago…”
Thirdly, he shows them HOW he fulfills his Apostolic calling
“but at the proper time manifested, even His word in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior;”
Finally, he introduces WHO his clean-up man is
“to Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”
As with all Scripture these four verses are both timely to the church in Crete, but timeless for us today. For the same reasons those in Crete needed to heed Paul’s words, so we too at Crosspoint do as well.
I quoted Charles Swindoll above. I would like to direct you to to a wonderful affirmation of Grace, “EASY BELIEVISM” at the following link:
I look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday as we jump into a GREAT LITTLE BOOK!