Encouragement for your daily walk with God
I’m preaching through the book of Titus on Sunday mornings at the church where I pastor. We are in a paragraph in chapter three, and I’m once again interested in Paul’s statement, “This saying is trustworthy…” [3.8].
This is the fourth time Paul made that claim:
1 Timothy 1.15: This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
1 Timothy 4.8-9: Godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
2 Timothy 2.11: This saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him.
Titus 3.8: This saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to do good works.
I read these over and over and began to see a connection between them. The first one lays the foundation of our salvation by showing the mission of our Redeemer. The second one reveals that we are doubly blessed; blessed now and in the life to come. The third one shows the nature of our lives with God; we have died with Christ, and we live in Him. The last one sets the course of our service by investing our lives to good works.
Paul and the early Christ followers proved these words to be trustworthy. They still are. Not one syllable is, or ever will be, untrustworthy. Not one word will fall useless to the ground. They are worthy of all acceptance so, treasure them. Allow them to comfort, instruct, and guide your life.
This saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to do good works. Titus 3.8