Showing posts with label Titus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Titus. Show all posts

Friday, April 18, 2014

Titus 3

Apart from devoting themselves to doing good, Christians are urged to submit to civil authorities and display a gentle, peaceable, considerate attitude.

This will stand in a stark contrast to our previous way of life, filled with foolishness, disobedience, hatred and all kinds of passions and pleasures.

Trustworthy Sayings #5:
Titus 3:4-8 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Paul advises Titus to avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and striving about the law. Paul gives a formula to deal with divisive men - warn them twice; then leave them alone.
Titus 3:10-11 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
Titus is told to come to Paul at Nicopolis. Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with haste. Maintain good works.

Grace be with you all.

Titus 2

Paul now has special instructions for Titus on how to teach older people and younger people. He categorizes them into:
(a) Older men
(b) Older women
(c) Younger women
(d) Younger men
(e) Slaves

(a) Older Men
Older men should act temperately and with dignity.
Titus 2:2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
(b) & (c) Older & Younger Women
Older women should act likewise. They should teach the younger women where necessary to be obedient and loving to their family.
Titus 2:3-5 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
(d) Younger Men
Young men should be sober and show integrity.
Titus 2:6-8 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
(e) Slaves
Bond-servants should be obedient and loyal to their masters.
Titus 2:9-10 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
The grace of God has appeared to all men, and teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions. 

Titus is told to exhort, and rebuke with all authority.

Titus 1

Titus was one of Paul's trusted inner circle men. When trouble erupted in Corinth, Paul chose Titus as the man for the job. He established a very good relationship with the church.

Few years later, when Paul wrote this letter to Titus, he was entrusted the job at Crete. Cretans were such habitual liars that Greek coined a special verb for lying - 'to Cretize'. From the letters of Paul, it is clear that even Christians there needed 'special handling'.

Paul is writing to Titus, his "true son," as a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. The introduction has an unusual formal flavor to it. It matches to the semi-official contents of the letter.

Titus was left in Crete to appoint elders or overseers in various churches. Paul then goes on to define the criteria for this leadership position. These virtues are similar to ones Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:1-5.
Titus 1:6-9 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless - not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Next, Paul goes on to address those false teachers and their circumcision teachings. He wants Titus to rebuke those false teachers and and steer the church away from their influence.
Titus 1:12-14 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.
To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, both their minds and conscience are corrupted. They claim to know God, but their actions speak otherwise.