Have you ever had the meal interrupted with something unpleasant? How difficult was it to start enjoying the meal again?! Imagine how God responds when we interrupt our banquet with Him to focus on enemies He forced to witness His provision to us…! Look at what is on the table…
“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time”
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)
Command – epitagē – injunction, mandate, decree (Rom. 16:26)
God – theos – the Godhead, Trinity (Matt. 5:8)
Savior – sōtēr – Deliverer, Preserver (Jude 1:25)
“To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”
Titus – Titos – “Nurse” gift of healing(?) physical, mental, spiritual (2 Cor. 7:6)
True – gnēsios – legitimate, genuine, sincere (Phil. 4:3)
Faith – pistis – conviction of the truth, trust and holy fervour (Matt. 8:10)(same as v.1)
Grace – charis – joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good will, favor (Rom. 12:6)
Peace – eirēnē – harmony, security, safety, prosperity, tranquility (Jn. 14:27)
“You (continue to) prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows…!” (Ps. 23:5)
Verses for A Banquet in front of our Enemies
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, To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
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.
2 Corinthians 7:6
But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus
Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
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.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.