Titus 1:1,2 – Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began…
Before time began, or as Paul said, before the ages began, the Lord God made a promise. That one statement awakens a number of questions. What does before time began even mean? We all look at time as part of everything; we can’t even separate time from our existence. That existence thing holds the key. Our existence was created in the same way time itself was created. Because we exist inside of creation it is impossible for us to grasp anything outside of that realm. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth; He also created time.
Before time there was only God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They have always been and have always been complete and satisfied in themselves. The second question today’s scripture opens up is who was the promise made to if there was no creatures to receive the promise? Of course the answer is this, the Father made a promise to the Son. This was God’s love revealed in His promise of redemption before man or anything else was created. Jesus agreed to become a man, knowing man would fall even before we were created. He would be the lamb slain before the foundation of the world; we would receive the intimacy enjoyed by the Trinity and God would be glorified. Here is a quote from Jonathan Edwards on today’s verse.
“The saints may be assured that God’s love to them will be everlasting, because it hath already been from eternity. That love that is but of late beginning, may soon come to an end; but that which has been from eternity, will and must be to eternity. The love of men one towards another oftentimes grows up suddenly; and when men are soon hot, they are commonly soon cold. But the love of God to his saints is no sudden, upstart thing; but it has been in the heart unchanged from all eternity. This shows the constancy and immutability of it, and may put it out of doubt with those that are the objects of it, that it never will fail. This the Apostle uses as an argument of the faithfulness of God’s promises. Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.”
So the Lord has loved us from eternity even knowing the mess we would make. He loved us then, He loves us now. Today we can be filled with the Promise of the Father; God’s love shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.