Monday, March 28, 2011

Jesus is God

Titus is one of my favorite letters. True to Paul's style, he packs so much in to such few words. Although this letter is broken up in to only 3 chapters, I am going to spend about 6 days on it.

One of the reasons I love this letter so much is because it makes it clear and concise what we should expect from our church leaders, and it defines what a follower of Christ should look like.

One of the other reasons I love this letter so much is found within the first 4 verses; it clearly illustrates the Deity of Jesus Christ. To be able to quickly demonstrate the Deity of Jesus is very helpful when talking with Muslims, Jehovah's Witness and Mormons. These are just 3, of several religions that deny that Jesus is God.

It is interesting how uncomfortable people get when you say Jesus is God. I was preaching at a basketball tournament this week-end and was talking about false religions and false teaching. There was no noticeable resistance in talking about Jesus, obedience and holiness....but as soon as I said Jesus is God, there was a couple people that stiffened up a little...they didn't like hearing that.

When you are faced with a situation where someone says, The Bible doesn't say Jesus is God, just remember Titus 1. Of course John 1 and other sections make His Deity clear, but here in Titus 1, within a couple verses, it is crystal clear. Notice how in verse 3 Paul says, “God our Savior” and then in the very next verse he says, “the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior”:

Titus 1:1-4 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 3 but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior; 4 To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

I also love the way Paul makes the point that God cannot lie. He doesn't say, "He doesn't lie", he doesn't say "He won't lie"....he says he CANNOT lie.

Have you ever talked to somebody and said, “just give it to me straight”; and then after they tell you whatever it is, you still doubt whether they are being completely truthful? You don't have to worry about that with God, He cannot whether you want to hear it or not, He is going to say it straight, and He commands us to do the same:

James 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, "LET EACH ONE OF YOU SPEAK TRUTH WITH HIS NEIGHBOR," for we are members of one another.

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