ETERNAL LIFE AS A PROMISE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (1)

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” – Titus 1:2

LIGHT FOR NOW: The promises of God once received can never be undone or nullified. It can never be reversed once it is received.

In our key text above, the epistle to Titus makes it clear that:

  • Eternal life was a promise.
  • Eternal life was promised before the world began.

The phrase “before the world began” is in reference to an Old Testament book of the bible called Genesis. So, in the Old Testament (Genesis to Malachi) we will find eternal life as a promise. Eternal life promissory in the Old Testament got fulfilled in the New Testament. So, eternal life to us today is promise fulfilled whereas to those in the Old Testament era, it was a promise to be fulfilled. From the very first book of the bible (Genesis), God made a promise of eternal life, that’s what Paul’s letter to Titus in our key text above is trying to communicate. Take note that: The Old Testament is a book of prophecies and promises; prophecies and promises about Christ and what God will do in Christ. So, when you turn to the Old Testament, you’ve turn to the promises of God; and when you turn to the New Testament, you’ve turned to the fulfilled promises of God in the Old Testament. Now, eternal life which is Christ and in Christ will be one of these promises of God in the Old Testament. It was a promise to the people in the era of the Old Testament, but it is a fulfilled promise to us.

Meaning, what was promised to them is the fulfillment to us and in us. They look forward to eternal life in the Old Testament, but we don’t look forward to eternal life; we have eternal life now. Let’s throw a bit of light on that word “promise” in Titus 1:2. That word promise is the Greek word “epaggelia”. This Greek word implies an announcement, a commitment to perform or to do something. This word “epaggelia” is not a mere intention. When the word is used, it suggests that the recipient is to do nothing; he is only to wait to receive the same. In other words, because there is no performance on the part of the recipient, once the promise is received, it cannot be undone or nullified. This means that once you’ve received eternal life, it cannot be undone or nullified. That’s why when a person talks about losing eternal life or salvation, he does not understand the scriptures and also has a problem with grammar. Eternal life once received cannot be undone or nullified. That’s why you are eternally saved. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: God’s promises have been fulfilled in you. Acknowledge this.

CONFESSION: I declared that I am eternally saved. Eternal life is at work in me. Glory!

QUOTE: The promises of God once received cannot be reversed.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: TITUS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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