Titus – Chapter 2

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.

 

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The Book of Titus – Chapter 1

Introduction: Titus was a young pastor at Crete. Paul writes advising him to appoint elders; men of proven spiritual character in their homes and business, to oversee the work of the church.

Paul stresses the necessary, practical working out of salvation in the daily lives of both the elders and the congregation. Good works are desirable and profitable for all believers.

The behavior of believers as citizens must be different from the behavior of unbelievers because of their regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 1

Verse 1 – Paul a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgement of the truth which is according to godliness,

Verse 2 – in hope of eternal life which before time began,

Paul makes it very clear that God cannot lie. The foundation of our faith is trust in God’s character. God is truth and is all source of truth. Believing in Him leads to godliness, living a God-honoring life-style. The eternal life that God has promised will be ours, because He keeps His promises.

Verse 3 – but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;

God has made known (manifested) His eternal purpose through the preaching of the gospel.

Verse 4 – To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our savior.

Ordain Qualified Elders

Verse 5 – For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you –

Verse 6 – if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.

Verse 7 – For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,

(This just disqualified about 80% of the men called bishop.)

Verse 8 – but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,

Verse 9 – holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

A bishop should be filled with the Holy Spirit; well-educated in Biblical doctrine; be able to present it in such a way that it encourages and corrects. Their life-style should live up to all these requirements that Paul just listed. They are to be others example of how to live their lives.

Rebuke False Teachers

Verse 10 – For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,

The circumcision groups were the Judaizers, Jews who taught that the Gentiles had to obey all Jewish laws before they could become Christians. This regulation confused new Christians and caused problems in many churches.

Verse 11 – whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.

They wanted to influence the people enough to become popular and then take advantage of them to obtain money.

Verse 12 – One of them, a prophet of their own said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”

Verse 13 – This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Meaning, Titus should be on guard in introducing men into the ministry, and in arrangement of affairs pertaining to the church,.

Verse 14 – not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth.

Verse 15 – To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

Our souls become filters through which we perceive goodness or evil. The pure (those who believer in Christ) learn to see goodness even while living in an evil world. But corrupt and unbelieving people find evil in everything because their evil minds and hearts color even the good they see and hear. Whatever we fill our minds with will affect the way we think and act.

Verse 16 – They profess to know God, but in works deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

Many claim to know God, but how can we tell if they are truly followers of Christ? A glance at someone’s life-style will tell us where they put priorities and values. Our conduct speaks volumes about what we believe.