Titus 1:1-2 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— 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
In the first verse we learn how Paul identifies himself, what his purpose is, and what the result is - godliness. This thought continues in verse 2...when we live godly lives we are doing so because of our hope of eternal life promised by God.
The definition of eternal is without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be.
We know from this verse that there is eternal life with God, but what is the alternative? The Greek word eternal is used twice in this verse...
Matthew 25:46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
There are no other options - there is only eternal punishment or eternal life. So how can we be assured of eternal life? There is a reason why this is one of the most quoted verses.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Let's look at this a little deeper, we cannot grow spiritually unless we understand this. When we believe in Jesus we have eternal life. Jesus is life. This is simple and basic truth. Jesus conquered death on the cross and as a result we have eternal life.
Here are some verses, just from the gospel of John that Jesus said about eternal life. It is so powerful to see them all listed together, isn't it?!
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 4:14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.