Promised before time began
Titus 1:1,2 -
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, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
Just some days back I was showing someone the Interlinear Old Testament, and I was showing the person how each Hebrew word was translated and the depth of its richness and how we lose when they are made into simple English statements. Just then in the very first scriptures we were talking of we hit on something which Paul spoke to Titus in his letter and our message for today, about the promise of the Light even before creation.
Time is a factor which is to do with period and measured with either light or atom vibrations or for us the movements of the sun with the earth. So we see time is to do with physical creation. Heavenly or spiritual time is unlike natural time but it too is relative to something, and that is nature or character. Time can be different for different beings in Heaven. When we change our hearts we can quicken or delay things in the spirit world for ourselves.
God is light and He exists from ancient. His plans are good and light and when His plans were obstructed darkness came into existence. This darkness existed even before our creation was made and at that time the English Bibles say 'then God said "Let there be light"; and there was light'. The Hebrew word 'there be' and 'there was' is verbatim actually 'let him be' and 'he was' respectively. So we see the Light was promised to us even before man came into existence and time came into existence and sin came into existence.
People normally have the questions why God did this or that and why not what they assume to be good. Another very usual question is why God created so many humans if all are not going to be saved, but only a few are? I simply say God does all things with purpose and His plans are always good. Unlike us who live in a time God lives in different time which is past, present and future at the same time and in Greek it is termed as a tense 'aorist' and in Hebrew the tense 'imperfect' is used. What we see is only in the present and what sees is everything at the same time, the past, the present and the future and that is why He has already written the Book of Life.
Paul spoke with confidence many a times not because he was confidence but because he believed in God's Word and since God's Word spoke to him, he knew it was unchangeable since it came from God, Who sees everything.
Today the very same God is telling you and me if the Word of God promises us, we need to simply believe it (full stop), because it is God's Word and He sees everything and knows everything far more and beyond our time.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are omnipresent. You not only are everywhere but also You exist in all time and beyond yet are same. Time is not a factor for You but came into existence by You. You know all things and gave us your Word so that we know. Your Word is Light and coming as man You became the Light manifested in flesh for us. Lord Jesus as your Word dwells in us and makes us light for others who are in darkness so they too can see and believe. Separate us Lord from spiritual darkness so that we shine more and more bright for You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
1 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;
2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
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