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Titus Titus was written about the same time as the first letter to Timothy. While Timothy was in Ephesus, Titus was on the island of Crete. We are going to find that Titus has his work cut out for him. Titus was a young man that traveled with Paul on his missionary journeys, and was apparently one of Paul’s own converts. He was a Greek believer who served Paul on several assignments including a visit to the church at Corinth (2 Corinthians 7:13-14). Paul left Titus in Crete to establish the churches there, and to appoint elders in each church to take up the task of growing and educating the churches there. Paul admonishes Titus, as he did with Timothy, to teach the Word of God and avoid everything else, and to appoint elders who would do the same. While Timothy was (apparently) younger, timid, suffered from health issues, and seemed to be a little shy in enforcing the teaching of the Word, Titus seems not to be subject to any of these problems. Paul reminds Titus of why he left him there, admonishes him to complete the work he left him there for, and then to join him (chapter 3). Crete was not the easiest place to minister. Crete was the source of the Greek legends of the gods and demi-gods of Greek lore, as well as the monsters, and the source of Zeus worship. Many of these legends were creeping into the church, and Titus is admonished to strictly confront these issues and combat deviation from the gospel. Paul makes the comment that one of their own even said that all Cretians were liars, lazy, and gluttons, and that the comment was true! How would you like to have your community immortalized in scripture with a comment like that!? As a result, Titus had his work cut out for him.
Titus As a review some of the items Paul has brought up: 1) God does not lie – and He promised us eternal life Qualifications for Service: 2) Paul gives qualifications for Elders which match those he mentioned to Timothy, except he adds the requirement that the Elder’s children should be believers 3) Paul gives qualifications for Senior Pastors (Bishops) which again match those in his first letter to Timothy, but he adds that the Senior Pastor needs to be a Steward of God. 4) Paul says that Pastors should be given to hospitality, promote that which is good (Philanthropic), be strong in the scriptures, and of sound doctrine. False teachers: 5) Paul says that there were people running around preaching for money, and to avoid them. 6) In telling Titus that in confronting the Judaizes, everything (in regard to food) is permissible. 7) There were also those not ‘practicing what they were preaching’ or as we would say ‘they talked the talk, but didn’t walk the walk’; avoid them Doctrine: 8) Teach sound doctrine! (Titus 2:1) Misc. Qualifications: 9) Qualifications for teachers – older men (2:2) 10) Qualifications for teachers – older women (2:3) 11) Qualifications for teachers – Young women (2:4) 12) Qualifications for teachers – Young men (2:6) 13) Exhort servants (employees) on many things: (2:7 – 2:15; and onward into chapter 3)
Tit 2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Tit 2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Tit 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, Tit 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. The admonition is to be subject to the rule of law (the office, not the person). Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), but that does not absolve us from our responsibility as citizens while here. We are to speak evil of no one. That means you don’t repeat something negative if you hear it. Pro 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Ford used to have an advertising slogan: “Swift as a rumor, silent as a secret.” Definition of a Secret: “A secret is something you tell one person at a time!” Paul is saying that Christian employees need to have this type of respect to their employers and coworkers.
Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. The implication is that if you do NOT silence a rumor, or if you DO speak evil of people, then you are exemplifying these attributes that characterize your life previous to being saved. Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Washing: ‘loutron’ = ritual cleaning in the temple, a figurative washing such as baptism The washing of the priests in the temple involved the priest immersing themselves in the ‘molten sea’, a big brass washbasin. When they got out, they put on clean garments not worn yet to signify a change. From this practice arose the idea of baptism to signify a spiritual change in one’s life. The word “baptismo” actually comes from the textile industry, and was the term used for dying the cloth. Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Some of the extreme charismatic believers say that unless you have had an ‘experience’ of being baptized by the Spirit, you are not truly saved. There are several problems with that idea, just two of which are that they are seeking after experiences (not necessarily truth), and further Paul himself explains what he means by this in Ephesians 5:26 (same as our Lord said in John 15:3): Your protection from false or misleading doctrine is the whole council of God. The entire book. If you seek after experiences, you can be mislead. When the Antichrist comes, he will mislead the entire world by the ‘miracles’ he does.
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1Co 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; So what’s Paul saying? Employees, if you are being rebellious to authority, not doing good works, speaking evil of people, being confrontational, and not showing kindness to all men, then you need to take a serious look at your walk with the Lord. You may need to spend some time with Him and pray about these things. Paul goes on to say that those were items of your former life, that God justified you from through His mercy; then end result of which is eternal life. Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Maintaining good works? Why? Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Good Works are part of our Fruits? Yes. Tit 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Tit 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. J. Vernon MacGee makes the point that in his experience, debates have never led anyone to the Lord. If by debate you whip someone down intellectually, that doesn’t reach their heart for Christ, it only makes them angry towards you. Warren Wiersbe says that he has learned that professed Christians who like to argue and nitpick about the Bible are usually covering up some sin in their lives, are very insecure, and are usually unhappy at work or at home. That’s different from discussing theology based on the Word of God with each other. We are to do that, and in fact God takes pleasure in His children talking about Him and His Word. Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. Pro 27:17 As Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Tit 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. Heretic: Heereteekos = One who causes divisions; derived from the word ‘heereteedizo’ meaning to make a choice According to Galatians 5:20, such people are obeying the flesh, not the Spirit of God.
Tit 3:12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. Tit 3:13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. Tit 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. Tit 3:15 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen. It was written to Titus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Cretians, from Nicopolis of Macedonia. 58 A.D. Paul arrested in Jerusalem (Acts 21:26). Paul spent about 3 ½ years in prison, going from one Roman trial to another before different rulers Paul’s first incarceration in Rome. He was under “house arrest” and was free to have visitors and to preach and teach (Acts 28:30-31). Acts breaks off at the beginning of this imprisonment Paul was released from prison, and during this period he covered a great deal of territory: It was during this time he wrote 1 Timothy and Titus from Macedonia. ~67 A.D. Paul was arrested again after having returned from Spain to Rome. This time he was in chains (2 Tim 1:16), languishing in a prison and treated as a criminal (2 Tim 2:9); with little light to read by, no sanitation, facing death. Paul knew his end was near (2 Tim 4:6) He was deserted by all his associates in Asia Minor (2 Tim 1:5; 4:16). He also was totally abandon by the believers in Rome. When Onesiphorus came to find Paul, no one in Rome could tell him where Paul was. Only after a diligent search did he find Paul still in prison, and ministered unto him (2 Tim 1:16). Paul freely forgave the defectors, “May it not be counted against them,” (2 Tim 4:16), but cowardly ingratitude always brings pain and disappointment. 2 Timothy
In the early fall of 67 A.D., Paul was sentenced to death by Nero. It was after this sentencing that Paul writes his second letter to Timothy. Soon after, Paul was executed. His Roman citizenship afforded Paul a merciful death by beheading. In early 68 A.D., Paul was beheaded outside the Rome city wall at the spot which now stand “Tre Fontane Abbey” or ‘the Three Fountains Abbey’. The tomb of Paul was said to later be moved to the “Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls”. In 2009, tests were done with remote probes on the coffin said to be Paul’s. It revealed pieces of incense and purple and blue linen as well as small bone fragments. The bone was radiocarbon dated to the 1st to 2nd century. According to the Vatican, this seems to confirm the tradition of the tomb being Paul's. Based upon 8 separate early church writings that describe the Apostle Paul, German forensic scientist constructed a facsimile of what they believe the Apostle Paul looked like:
2 Timothy seems to emphasize one word above others: Loyalty! Loyalty in suffering (Chap. 1) Loyalty in service (Chap. 2) Loyalty in apostasy (Chap 3 -4:5) The Lord’s loyalty to His servants in desertion (4:6-22) Paul was passing the mantle to his son in the faith, urging him to persevere in strength and faithfulness (2:1) This is of course a message applicable for us all in our Christian walk. Man cannot be saved by perfect obedience, because he can’t render it! Neither can he be saved by imperfect obedience – because God will not accept it. The popular view – fostered by liberal preaching today – clings to several equivalent paths: Popular ‘Christian’ psychology; “How to overcome...” “How to think creatively...” “How to think affirmatively or positively”...we’re on our way upward and onward forever The desperate decay of our society speaks for itself to the failure of these methods. Another avenue of preaching is a social gospel: A church made up of mild-mannered men standing before a group of mild-mannered people, urging them to be more mild-mannered. I love what J. Vernon McGee calls this: “a sermonette preached by the preacherette to Christianettes.” “Good is better than evil because its nicer and gets you into less trouble.” No wonder Jesus said to the church at Laodicea (Rev. 3:15-20). “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.” This unfortunately seems to describe the popular church in America.
The modern church preaches more on social relations, pacifism, social justice, et al., and is really an instrument leading to Christian socialism. I think toady’s popular churches are afraid to preach and teach the true gospel because God’s Word is divisive. It’s “sharper than a two edged sword, dividing asunder the soul and the spirit” (Hebrews 4:12). If you preach the gospel, you will offend some. That’s the point! Man has to be told that he is a wretch, and can’t make it on his own. Then, once you understand the problem, then (and only then) can you grasp and understand the solution. I think churches today are afraid of offending people and driving them away. However, when the true gospel is preached, men come to Christ and become members of God’s forever family. The real solution to man’s problems can come only through the grace of God. “God creates out of nothing. Until man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him.” –Martin Luther 2Ti 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2Ti 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 2Ti 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; How serious is your prayer life? Who’s on your prayer list? Is your pastor? Our church here? Our leaders? The bible study teacher or ministry you like to listen to on the radio or CD’s?
2Ti 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 2Ti 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Don’t be discouraged if you try and try, yet it seems that you are getting nowhere with the witnessing to your children or grandchildren. Timothy didn’t get saved until Paul came to Ephesus, yet his mother and grandmother had been teaching him in the Word all his life. Can you imagine how discouraging that was for them? Year after year, praying for him, being an example for him, teaching him, and yet he wouldn’t give his life over to the Lord. God says: Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. You may not see the results of your effort in this life time, but God will use your example, and His word to accomplish what He sent it to do, and it will not return void. Timothy is a good example of that. How many years did his mother and grandmother witness to him to no avail, but finally God reached his heart and used their consistent, persistent witnessing and teaching later on in Timothy’s life. 2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. We don’t know what the “gift” was that Paul is referring too, but evidentially it was something that Timothy was “fearful” to use. I strongly recommend verse 7 as one of your memory verses. Whenever you feel a trickle of fear over something, grasp onto verse 7. The same Greek word translated “fear” here is also the same word for being timid. Maybe Timothy was afraid of speaking in a crowd??
2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; There are many today that think (and teach) that the Christian life is a path that ought to be easy, bright, and breezy, and which includes a commitment to our own lifestyles (health and wealth gospel types). None of us enjoy suffering. Even our Lord prayed, “Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me” (Luke 22:42). Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; Rom 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Jas 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. “If you were not strangers here, the hounds of the world would not bark at you!” –Samuel Rutherford A lawyer reports this found in a will: “To my son I leave the pleasure of earning a living. For 25 years he thought the pleasure was all mine. He was mistaken.”
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Partaker: ‘meteckoi’ = To be partners through endurance, sharing a trial together Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 2Ti 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 2Ti 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: Luk 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. 2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, Psa 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psa 139:17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! Psa 139:18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand
2Ti 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 2Ti 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Ashamed: ‘epaischunomai’ = To feel shame for something. Paul had been abandon by all his helpers, and by the local church because he was in prison. You and my salvation does not depend upon ANYTHING you or I do, but rather on the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. It is HIS faithfulness that is at stake. Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 2Ti 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. The church follows it’s leadership. If the leadership is weak in the faith, the church will become weak in the faith. If the leadership are still ‘babes’ in the Word, then the church will not grow and will remain ‘babes’ in the Word, still seeking the “milk” of the Word instead of feasting on the “meat” of the Word (Heb 5:13, 1 Peter 2:2). We have a lot of “milk toast” churches around today!! Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 2Ti 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 2Ti 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 2Ti 1:17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. 2Ti 1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.