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Summary: THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD OF GOD (WITH ITS MESSAGE OF ETERNAL LIFE) IS A SACRED TRUST

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BIG IDEA:

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD OF GOD (WITH ITS MESSAGE OF ETERNAL LIFE) IS A SACRED TRUST

I. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD ISSUES FROM A SENSE OF DIVINE CALLING

Which results in an absolute commitment to the will of God; commissioned to fulfill a calling

A. Paul as a Bond-servant of God -- Relationship characterized by Humility and Submission and Dependence

Kent: "A slave (doulos) is one who gives himself up wholly to another’s will."

B. Paul as an Apostle of Jesus Christ -- Relationship characterized by Privilege and Mission

Apostle used in the narrow sense of the 12

II. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD AIMS AT VERY LOFTY GOALS

A. The Progress of Faith on the Part of the Elect

"for the faith of those chosen of God"

Understand that Faith is not for everyone

kata -- in the interest of; pertaining to

Hendriksen: "The service and apostleship are exercised ’in the interest of’ (that seems to

be the meaning of kata here; cf. John 2:6; II Cor. 11:21) the faith of God’s elect and (their) acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness; that is, they are carried out in order to further or promote the reliance of God’s chosen ones upon him, and their glad recognition or confession of the redemptive truth which centers in him; a truth which, in sharp contrast with the vagaries of false teachers, accords with (or here also ’is in the interest of,’ ’promotes’) godliness, the life of Christian virtue, the spirit of consecration."

B. The Increase in the Knowledge of the Truth

Read through the pastoral epistles and you will see that Paul never disparages truth or sound doctrine. These are always pursued with the utmost intensity. For him there is always the practical connection to a life of holiness.

C. The Corresponding Increase in Practical Godliness

understanding that real spiritual truth is always "according to godliness"

This connection between sound doctrine and good deeds and practical godliness is going to be a major emphasis of this epistle

D. The Certain Realization of Eternal Life

"in the hope of eternal life"

Kent: "Eternal life is here spoken as a ’hope’ because it has many aspects as yet unrealized, even though it is a present possession of the believer."

III. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD CENTERS AROUND THE

MANIFESTATION OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IN HISTORY

A. Promised by a Faithful God

"which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago"

B. Manifested at the Proper Time in History

"but at the proper time manifested"

History is essentially "His story"

Gal. 4:4

Guthrie: "The due times of the manifestation are in contrast to the eternal times of the promise, and point to the appropriate events appointed by God for His self-revelation in Christ."

C. Summed up as the LOGOS

"even His word"

The written Word reveals the Living Word; there seems to be some connection here to the message of John 1:1-18 where the Logos is in view; the message of eternal life is revealed in the Word.

Hiebert: "’His Word’ is not the personal Christ, the Logos, but rather the saving message of the gospel. This message was made known ’at his appointed season,’ the opportune seasons established by God in his eternal wisdom. All history was the preparation for

that revelation."

IV. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD IS A SACRED TRUST

"in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment

of God our Savior"

Guthrie: "The word made known through preaching must be the message of the gospel, which forms the content of Christian preaching. The idea of having such ministry committed to him … was a constant source of wonderment to Paul (e.g. Gal. i. 1, ii. 7), and is reiterated in all the Pastorals (cf. 1 Tim. i. 11; 2 Tim. I, 11)."

Barnes: "Paul always claimed to be divinely commissioned, and afirmed that he was engaged in the work of preaching by the authority of God; see Gal. i. 1, 11, 12; 1 Cor. i. 1; Rom. i. 1-5."

Kent: "The designation ’our Saviour God’ occurs three times in 1 Timothy and three times in Titus, and is one of the distinctive marks of these Pastoral Epistles."

V. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD MUST BE REPRODUCED IN EACH SUCCEEDING GENERATION

"to Titus, my true child in a common faith"

Lenski: "’Child’ expresses dearness, and ’genuine’ an acknowledgment that Titus (like Timothy) runs true to his spiritual parentage and will so transmit these instructions."

(:4B) SALUTATION

"Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior"

Hiebert: "’Grace’ here is the unmerited favor of God at work in the life of the believer, while ’peace’ is the resultant experience of harmony and well-being in the life of the reconciled."

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