Titus 1-3
Truth which accords with godliness
Published October 1st, 2020
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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 1
Titus 1:1-16
a servant
Explanation #1
of God
and an apostle
Explanation #2
of Jesus Christ,
for the sake of the faith
Advantage #1
of God’s elect
and their knowledge
Advantage #2
of the truth,
which accords with godliness,
in hope
of eternal life,
who never lies,
which God, ... promised before the ages began
and ... manifested
at the proper time
in his word
through the preaching
with which I have been entrusted
by the command
of God our Savior;
To Titus,
my true child
in a common faith:
Grace and peace
from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Titus's Purpose in Crete
Two Purposes for Titus in Crete
This is why I left you in Crete,
so that you might put what remained into order,
and appoint elders
in every town
as I directed you—
if anyone is above reproach,
Condition #1
the husband
Condition #2
of one wife,
and his children are believers
Condition #3
and not open to the charge
of debauchery or insubordination.
Character Requirements
For an overseer, ... must be above reproach.
as God’s steward,
He must not be arrogant
or quick- tempered
or a drunkard
or violent
or greedy for gain,
but [instead, he must be] hospitable,
Explanation #
a lover of good,
self- controlled,
and disciplined.
Twofold Doctrine Requirements
He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught,
Explanation #2
so that he may be able to give instruction
Purpose #1
in sound doctrine
and also to rebuke those
Purpose #2
who contradict it.
For there are many
who are insubordinate,
empty talkers and deceivers,
especially those
of the circumcision party.
What To Do With False Teachers
Silence and Rebuke False Teachers
They must be silenced,
since they are upsetting whole families
by teaching ... what they ought not to teach.
for shameful gain
One of the Cretans, ... said,
a prophet of their own,
“Cretans are always liars,
evil beasts,
lazy gluttons.”
This testimony is true.
Therefore rebuke them sharply,
that they may be sound in the faith,
not devoting themselves to Jewish myths
and the commands
of people
who turn away from the truth.
Grounds for Rebuke
To the pure, all things are pure,
but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure;
but both their minds ... are defiled.
and their consciences
They profess to know God,
but they deny him
by their works.
They are detestable,
unfit for any good work.
Godliness always accompanies knowledge of the truth
God's character as a truth-teller grounds the promises he has given
Chapter 2
Titus 2:1-15
What to Teach the Cretans
Teaching the People of God
But as for you,
teach what accords with sound doctrine.
Older men are to be sober- minded,
Content #1
self- controlled,
sound in faith,
in love,
and in steadfastness.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior,
Content #2
not slanderers
or slaves
to much wine.
They are to teach what is good,
and so train the young women
to love their husbands
and children,
to be self- controlled,
working at home,
and submissive
to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be reviled.
Likewise, urge the younger men
Content #3
to be self- controlled.
Titus's Example
Show yourself in all respects
to be a model
of good works,
and in your teaching show integrity,
and sound speech
that cannot be condemned,
so that an opponent may be put to shame,
having nothing evil to say
about us.
Bondservants Instructions
Bondservants are to be submissive
to their own masters
in everything;
they are to be well- pleasing,
not argumentative,
not pilfering,
but showing all good faith,
so that ... they may adorn the doctrine
of God our Savior.
in everything
The Ground of Grace
For the grace ... has appeared,
of God
bringing salvation for all people,
training us to renounce ungodliness
and worldly passions,
and to live self- controlled,
and godly lives
in the present age,
waiting for our blessed hope,
the appearing of the glory
of our great God
and Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself
for us
Purpose #1-2
to redeem us
from all lawlessness
and to purify ... a people
Purpose #3
for himself
for his own possession
who are zealous
for good works.
Declare these things;
exhort and rebuke
Explanation #1
with all authority.
Let no one disregard you.
Chapter 3
Titus 3:1-15
7 Reminders
Remind them
to be submissive
Content #1
to rulers
and authorities,
to be obedient,
Content #2-3
to be ready
for every good work,
to speak evil
Content #4
of no one,
to avoid quarreling,
Content #5-7
to be gentle,
and to show perfect courtesy
toward all people.
3 Reasons
For we ourselves were once foolish,
led astray,
slaves to various passions
and pleasures,
passing our days
Manner #1
in malice
and envy,
hated by others
Manner #2-3
and hating one another.
But when the goodness ... appeared,
and loving kindness
of God our Savior
Product? Subjective? Possessive?
he saved us,
not because of works done
by us
in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy,
by the washing
of regeneration
and renewal
of the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out
on us
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that ... we might become heirs
being justified by his grace
according to the hope
of eternal life.
The saying is trustworthy,
and I want you to insist
on these things,
so that those ... may be careful
who have believed in God
to devote themselves
to good works.
These things are excellent and profitable for people.
But avoid foolish controversies,
and quarrels
about the law,
for they are unprofitable
and worthless.
As for a person
who stirs up division,
after warning him once
and then twice,
have nothing more to do with him,
knowing that such a person is warped
and sinful;
he is self- condemned.
When I send Artemas or
Tychicus to you,
do your best to come to me at Nicopolis,
for I have decided
to spend the winter there.
Do your best
to speed Zenas the lawyer ... on their way;
and Apollos
see that they lack nothing.
And let our people learn
to devote themselves
to good works,
so as to help cases
of urgent need,
and not be unfruitful.
All ... send greetings
who are with me
to you.
Greet those
who love us
in the faith.
Grace be with you all.
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