Who is Entrusted with Revelations of God?
I just bought this Give Me Jesus journal from www.wellwateredwomen.com and I’m in love! It really walks you through how to study the Word independently. I’ve done Bible studies for a few years now but they’ve always been curriculum based (Beth Moore, Pricilla Shrier, Kelly Minter). They’ve all been amazing but this journal has opened my eyes and expanded my confidence on how to study for myself. And I’m only on day two!
This morning I decided, “Well, Titus is one of the shortest books so I will start there!“. Ha! I didn’t want to be too overwhelmed with my new found study guide. I chose vs 1-3 to study this morning.
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before time began. In his own time he has revealed his word in the preaching with which I was entrusted by the command of God our Savior:” Titus 1:1-3 CSB
As I was going through the concordance on this word by word, what took hold of me was the part where Paul says “In His own time He has revealed His Word in the preaching with which I was entrusted...”. It’s so awesome to me that even the revelations that Paul received were given in God’s own time. I dug deeper in the meaning of these words and look what I found. “In His own time” - Kairos is the original Greek and it means “fixed time, right time, opportune or seasonable time”. This means that God chose the right time to give Paul the revelations he is talking about later in the verse. God knew what Paul needed to know and when he needed to know it. The word “revealed” in the Greek would be phaneroo which means manifested, to make visible or known what has been hidden or unknown. Follow me here. God chose the right and opportune times to make known what was unknown to Paul. Got it? Ok now here is the awesome part! The Word says God gave Paul revelation in His own time to preach because “I was entrusted by the command of God...”. Paul is saying that God entrusted him to preach these revelations that were given to him. “Entrusted” is the Greek word pisteuo and means to put confidence in. I have this weird thing where, especially in scripture, I want to know exactly what a word means and sometimes that leads me to breaking out the ole Webster’s Dictionary, which now conveniently is an app! The word “confidence” is defined as faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper or effective way, also as a relation of trust or intimacy. I was so caught by this idea that God in the right and opportune times gave Paul knowledge that was previously hidden or unknown because God had confidence in him that he would act rightly with that information and knowledge. But look closer. God did this over time, not instantly. Paul, one of the greatest if not the greatest Biblical heroes, was given revelation of God a little at a time. It wasn’t an instant download and Paul became the knower of all things God. As God could trust Paul more He gave him more revelation or brought things previously hidden or unknown to be known by Paul and then preached by Paul.
I believe there is a lie of the enemy that I have believed and many others have believed as well. The lie is “you can’t speak Godly things until you know everything about God, have the scriptures memorized, and a degree in theology.” Well my friends, Paul just killed that lie with the Word of God that was revealed to him. Paul did not know everything, yet he spoke what he did know as God gave it to him. As Paul obeyed and proved himself trustworthy by passing on the revelation, God would then give him more and so on and so on. We are called to live out lives that bring Glory to God and other people to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We cannot do this when we have been muzzled by the lie that we are not equipped, or know enough.
God’s Word says that He will “equip you with everything good to do his will, working in us what is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:21 CSB
First we seek Him, then He at the opportune or right time will give us revelation which we then share as the Holy Spirit prompts, then God is glorified and lives are changed. After that God sees we are trustworthy, because we obeyed and trusted Him enough to speak the revelation we were given. As we continue to seek Him He reveals more and so we find ourselves in the same cycle as Paul. That’s not a bad cycle to be in let me tell you!
What I want you to take away from reading this post is that being a follower of Christ makes you qualified to be equipped by God to do His will, which is to bring Glory to Him and to bring others to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior. You don’t need a degree, you don’t have to have x number of scriptures memorized, you don’t have to know the order of the books of the Bible. All you have to do is seek Him. He gives the revelation at the right time and then you do what the Holy Spirit tells you to do. It’s that simple and that difficult at the same time. But He has given you the power and authority in Christ Jesus to do these things. Now, let’s go do them!