Advent Series from Titus
The more focused you are, the more you can see is a truth that crosses all dimensions. For example, if you look at images in a telescope, you can see a mix of stars, but if you look closely, you can see particular stars. That is how it is with scripture. The more focused you are, the more you are apt to see the Christmas narrative in every book because God has revealed Christ in every book of the Bible. We must focus, so we do not miss the details that the inspired authors have pointed out.
Titus 1:2 “God, who does not lie promised the hope of eternal life before time began.” We read in John 1, “in the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. In him was life and the life was the light of mankind.” Or from the OT, we read that “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a human being, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not make it happen?” [Num 23]
Titus 2:11 “The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. We wait for our hope’s happy fulfillment in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” For example, in Luke 2: Simeon is waiting in the Temple and recounting: “for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in all peoples’ presence.
Titus 3:5 “We are saved not by works of righteousness but on the basis of his mercy …poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
Note from Dr. Constable: God poured out His Holy Spirit on believers richly. He did this first at Pentecost (Acts 2), but He does it since then whenever individuals experience conversion (cf. Rom. 5:5).
Keep looking! Keep your eyes open to see Jesus in the OT and revealed in the NT! Happy Advent!