Speak Sound Doctrine
Verse 1 – But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:
Verse 2 – that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
Verse 3 – the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things –
Verse 4 – that they admonish the young women in love to their husbands, to love their children,
Verse 5 – to be discrete, chaste, homemakers, good obedient to their husbands that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Paul is not necessarily talking to the people who held office in the church. He is giving instructions on how the older generation of the church are to act. The older women are to teach the younger women and the older men have certain guidelines of character, they were to follow.
How sad that Paul would have to tell fellow Christians to be loving and kind and patient. You can’t convince me that people don’t know how to treat others. They know, but just chose not to treat some with kindness.
Verse 6 – Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-minded,
Verse 7 – in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,
Verse 8 – sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
In other words, “Watch what you say to people and about people and how you treat them.” Sometimes Christians forget whom they represent.
Verse 9 – Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things not answering back,
Verse 10 – not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Verse 11 – For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
Verse 12 – teaching us that , denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly righteously, and godly in the present age,
Verse 13 – looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
verse 14 – who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people zealous for good works.
As the result of all believers, we are purposed for good works. Salvation is open to everyone, but not everyone accepts.
Verse 15 – Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
Paul tells Titus to teach the Scriptures as well as to live them. Titus was to state these things as a requirement from God, not as advice or counsel.