This is our final day looking at Paul’s letter to Titus. It follows on directly from yesterday (Titus 3:1-5) when Paul reminds us to live as model citizens of our world, interacting with the wider society considerately and gently – after all, it’s only by God’s mercy that we’ve been saved from their hopeless state before God. This salvation was entirely the work of God, not deserved by us, and brought about by the cleansing of the Holy Spirit – a spiritual “rebirth and renewal.” This Spirit, says Paul, is the one:
Titus 3:6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
We move to the third and final chapter of Paul’s letter to Titus. Again, we find Paul giving some instruction to Titus about the kind of behaviour he was to teach, followed by a theological reason/motivation for it. The “behaviour” section is straightforward enough, and it focuses on how believers relate to the wider world:
Titus 3:1-2 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
We’re continuing our series in the letter of Paul to Titus. Thus far, there’s been a lot of instruction about the character of the people Titus appoints to be elders, and the kind of behaviour he should teach and model to various groupings within the church. Today, we change gear and talk about the reason for the moral teaching we’ve read thus far:
Last week, we looked at the content of Titus’ teaching to the various groupings in the Church on the island of Crete. Today, we conclude this section of the letter by discussing the instructions regarding process. Again, we start by reminding ourselves of the text:
We’re continuing our series in the epistle of Paul to Titus. Over the past two days, we saw Paul give instructions on what to teach the older men in the church on Crete, followed by the (more controversial) instructions concerning the teaching of women. But in both cases, the principle seems to have been: live out the values of your society in an exemplary fashion (insofar as they align with the values of God’s kingdom), but in a way that’s informed and motivated by your Christian faith. We now come to the two last categories in Paul’s list: younger men and slaves.
We’re continuing our series in the epistle of Paul to Titus. Yesterday, we saw Paul give instructions on what to teach the older men in the church on Crete. Today, we move to the (more controversial) instructions concerning the teaching of women. (You need to have read yesterday’s post for today’s to make sense.) Let’s refresh our memory of the first part of this passage:
We’re continuing our series in the epistle of Paul to Titus, who was left on the island of Crete to appoint elders and instruct/model how to teach sound doctrine and godly behaviour. In chapter 1, we saw how elders were to be of good character (in order to model right behaviour) with the ability to teach and defend truth – in contrast with the false teachers, whose self-serving behaviour undermined their message. In chapter 2, Paul gives some instructions on how Titus and the elders are to carry out this teaching: