“a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,” (Titus 1:2, NIV84)
It doesn’t matter from what direction people travel; they will end up having to face the issue of eternal life. Is there life after this one? If there is, what are the conditions of the next life? Does everyone get in? In the verse above, Paul states that our faith and knowledge rest on the hope of eternal life. Many would stop and say, “What does knowledge have to do with the reality of eternal life?” Isn’t that all an issue of blind faith reaching out into the unknown. From Paul’s perspective, the answer to that question would be, “No!” He would tell you that he was alive during the time of Jesus. He would tell you that it was a historical fact that Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. He would tell you that he heard others say that Jesus rose from the dead, but he did not believe it. He actually spent some time persecuting the believers of Jesus, until one day, when Jesus made himself visible to him and convinced him that He was who He said He was. After that, nothing would change Paul’s mind. He would tell you that His hope in eternal life is based upon the fact that he saw and spoke to the risen Jesus. It was historical fact to him, and not just to him, but to hundreds of others.
As one studies the Word of God in hindsight, one can clearly see that Jesus was the Messiah prophesied by many Biblical writers over thousands of years of history. Our faith is not blindly clinging to something unknown. Our faith clings to a faithful God who does not lie, to His Word that has been true for thousands of years, and to Jesus who died and rose again so that we might have eternal life. Our faith and our knowledge hold to these truths, and thereby, provide us the hope that we have. For two thousand years, Christians have boldly held the same hope of eternal life that Paul held. Our faith and our knowledge rest on the certainty that we will live eternally with Christ because He certainly rose from the dead.
Today, may our faith and knowledge rest on our hope of eternal life.