Titus Macro Arc (Paraphrased)
Titus 1:1-3:15
Teach sound doctrine, which accords with godliness.
Published December 5th, 2018
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Teach sound doctrine, which accords with godliness.
Titus 1:1-3:15
Paul, a servant 1 of God and a an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and b their knowledge of the truth, c which accords with godliness, d in hope of eternal life, which God, e who never lies, f promised g before the ages began 1 and h at the proper time manifested in his word i through the preaching j with which I have been entrusted k by the command of God our Savior; To Titus, l my true child in m a common faith: n Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Paul writes to Titus so that the elect's faith and knowledge of the truth (~godliness) might lead to eternal life.
o This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and p appoint elders in every town as I directed you—
Appoint qualified elders in every church
q if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, 1 and his children are believers 2 and not open to the charge of r debauchery or insubordination.
who are above reproach in family relationships,
For an overseer, 1 s as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not t be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent u or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, v and disciplined.
and in character
He must w hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in x sound 1 doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
and who hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught
For there are many who are insubordinate, y empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of z the circumcision party. 1
For there are many false teachers.
They must be silenced,
Silence them
since a they are upsetting whole families by teaching b for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. c One of the Cretans, 1 a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 2 This testimony is true.
since they are upsetting whole families by teaching what they ought not and since they have no character.
Therefore d rebuke them e sharply,
Rebuke them sharply
that they f may be sound in the faith, g not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and h the commands of people i who turn away from the truth.
so that they may be sound in the faith.
j To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and k unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both l their minds and their consciences are defiled. m They profess to know God, but they n deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, o unfit for any good work.
They are defiled and unbelieving, professing to know God but denying him by their works.
But as for you, teach what accords with p sound 1 doctrine.
Teach what accords with sound doctrine
Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, p sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
Older men must be solid rocks in their faith.
q Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, r not slanderers s or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
Older women must likewise be solid rocks in their faith
and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, t pure, u working at home, kind, and v submissive to their own husbands,
in order to train the young women to live godly lives in their homes
w that the word of God may not be reviled.
so that God's word may not be reviled.
Likewise, urge x the younger men to be self-controlled.
Younger men must be self-controlled.
Show yourself in all respects to be y a model of good works, and in your teaching z show integrity, a dignity, and b sound speech that cannot be condemned,
Model godliness for younger men.
c so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
so that opponents might be shamed, having nothing evil to say about us.
d Bondservants 1 are to be submissive to their own masters e in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, f but showing all good faith,
Bondservants must submit to their masters, being well-pleasing
g so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
so that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
For h the grace of God i has appeared,
For God's grace has appeared
bringing salvation j for all people,
bringing salvation for all people
training us to renounce ungodliness and k worldly passions, and l to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in m the present age, n waiting for our blessed o hope, the p appearing of the glory of our great q God and Savior Jesus Christ, r who gave himself for us to s redeem us from all lawlessness and t to purify for himself t a people for his own possession who are u zealous for good works.
and training us to renounce ungodliness and live godly lives.
Declare these things; exhort and v rebuke with all authority. w Let no one disregard you.
Declare these things; exhort; and rebuke with all authority.
Remind them x to be submissive to rulers and authorities, y to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, z to speak evil of no one, a to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and b to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Remind them to live godly lives with everyone, ready for every good work.
For c we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
For we ourselves were once ungodly and sinful,
But when d the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us,
but God saved us
e not because of works done by us in righteousness,
not because of our own good works
but f according to his own mercy, by g the washing of regeneration and h renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he i poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
but according to his mercy
so that j being justified by his grace we might become k heirs l according to the hope of eternal life.
so that we might become heirs
The saying is m trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things,
Insist on this trustworthy saying
so that those who have believed in God may be careful n to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.
so that believers might devote themselves to good works.
But o avoid foolish p controversies, q genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for r they are unprofitable and worthless.
Avoid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law.
As for a person who stirs up division, s after warning him once and then twice, t have nothing more to do with him,
Warn a divisive person once and twice; then discipline him.
knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
because he is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
When I send Artemas or u Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me v at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
Meet me in Nicopolis this winter.
Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and w Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing.
Provide for Zenas and Apollos as they go on their way.
And let our people learn x to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not y be unfruitful.
Let our people learn to devote themselves to good works.
All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. z Grace be with you all.
Final greetings and blessing of God's grace
Unpacking the Main Point of Titus Teach sound doctrine, which accords with godliness. 1:1 Paul is an apostle for the elect's faith and knowledge of the truth (sound doctrine), which accords with godliness. 1:5–9 Elders must live godly lives (1:6–8) and hold firm to sound doctrine (1:9), being able both to instruct (teach) all and refute false teachers. 1:10–16 False teachers do not live godly lives, nor do they hold sound doctrine. 2:1 Titus is to teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2:2–10 Specifically that which accords with sound doctrine (2:1) is godliness. 2:11–12 God's grace brings salvation and trains God's people to renounce ungodliness and live godly lives. 2:14 Christ gave himself for his people to redeem them from ungodliness and purify for himself a people who are devoted to good works (godliness). 2:15 Declare (teach) these things (what accords with sound doctrine). 3:1–2 Remind (teach) them to live godly lives. 3:3 Because we used to live ungodly lives. 3:4–5 But God saved us, not by our good works (godliness) but by his mercy. 3:8 Insist on (teach) these things (sound doctrine) so that Christians may devote themselves to good works (godliness). 3:9 Avoid ungodliness. 3:10–11 Discipline false teachers, who are ungodly. 3:14 Let our people devote themselves to good works (godliness).
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