Ever felt surrounded? Trapped? Isolated? Alone? Especially around those who are looking for a reason to justify their current condition? Titus was placed “behind enemy lines” but Paul thru the Holy Spirit gave a survival manual…
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness”
Paul – Paulos – “small or little” (1 Cor. 1:26-29)
Servant – doulos – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests (Col. 3:24)
Apostle – apostolos – a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders, Christian teachers (1 Cor. 12:28)
Faith – pistis – conviction of the truth, trust and holy fervour (Matt. 8:10)
Elect – eklektos – picked out, chosen, the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent (1 Pet. 2:9)
Acknowledging – epignōsis – precise and correct knowledge (Rom. 10:2)
Truth – alētheia – what is true in any matter under consideration (1 Cor. 13:6)
Godliness – eusebeia – reverence, respect toward God, godliness (1Tim. 6:6)
“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time”
Hope – elpis – joyful and confident expectation (Rom. 12:12)
Lie – apseudēs – without concept of a lie, truthful (Num. 23:19)
Promised – epaggellomai – announcement, engage voluntarily, has skill to assure the action (Heb. 6:13)
Before – pro – in front of, priority to (Eph. 1:4)
Began – chronos – measured time (Gal. 4:4)
“and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior”
Appointed – idios – pertaining to self, private, personal (Jn. 13:1)
Time – kairos – fixed, definite, decisive event, season (Rom. 5:6)
Manifest – phaneroō – make visible (not discovered), realize (taught), recognize (2 Cor. 4:10)
Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (Heb. 4:12)
Preaching – kērygma – proclamation by herald or public crier (1 Cor. 1:21)
Committed – pisteuō – persuade, entrust, conviction (1 Thess. 2:4)
Command – epitagē – injunction, mandate, decree (Rom. 16:26)
God – theos – the Godhead, Trinity (Matt. 5:8)
Savior – sōtēr – Deliverer, Preserver (Jude 1:25)
Verses for In the Presence of my Enemies
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
1 Corinthians 12:28
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
1 Corinthians 13:6
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
1 Timothy 6:6
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
2 Corinthians 4:10
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:4
On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.
but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.