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Titus Chapter 2

v1 – Paul exhorts Titus that due to the false teachers and their conduct denying great truths of the faith, and bearing in mind the damage this was causing in the Church, Paul instructs Titus to combat the above by speaking and teaching sound doctrine according to the Word of God, and that which cannot be spoken against. Also, it was essential that Titus’s practice and manner of life testified to sound doctrine.

v2-5 – That those in the Church, the aged men and the aged women, be sober (sensible), be grave (dignified), temperate (prudent and thoughtful), sound in the faith, showing love, patience perseverance). That the aged men be an example of godliness to the younger men, and that the aged women are to be an example in behaviour as becoming holiness.

1. That they must be teachers of good things by teaching the young women to be sober (sensible).
2. To love their husbands, to love their children.
3. The older women are to teach the young women by example to be modest, to be decent, sexually pure.
4. Keepers at home (means workers at home and not idle).
5. Obedient and submissive to their own husbands.

v6-10 – Titus is exhorted to teach the young men, giving particular admonishing that they should
be sober minded. Paul lists things that Titus must give special heed to –

1. To show himself a pattern of good works:
2. In doctrine showing uncorruptness (integrity),
3. Gravity (reverence).
4. Sincerity (truthful).
5. Sound speech that cannot be condemned. (free from anything to which exception might be taken). In other words no novelties, fads or crudities).
6. That those that oppose sound teaching are put to shame because they cannot find a chink in the believers armour! There is no argument so powerful as the effect of a holy life.

v9&10 – In Titus’s day there were many slaves, and there were many believing slaves in the Church, and they were taught to be

1. Subject to their masters, no revolts or civil rebellion.
2. Well pleasing to their masters, giving loving, not grudging service.
3. Not talking back or reviling them.
4. Not stealing from them.
5. Always showing good faith.

By following the above, and their faithful living for Christ in every job they did, they brought glory unto God, also bringing credit to the teaching and thus attracting people to God their Saviour.
Down the ages all employers, Christians or non-Christians, value the service of a committed
Christian by his conduct, loyalty and service. This being a living witness and portraying to others of the person of Christ in all that he does.

The Christian Life – v11-15
The salvation that appeared to ‘all men’ is based on God’s grace that has provided salvation universally for all mankind through the unlimited atonement of Christ. ‘All men’ – grace is sufficient for all men but man in general rejects God’s offer of salvation, and therefore suffers the consequences of eternal destruction in a lost eternity. That blessed hope and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ v13, ‘appearing of the glory’ (in English is ‘epiphany,
in Greek ‘Epephaneia’ is literally a shining forth and is used of three events.

1. The first ADVENT of Christ when He came in the flesh. 2Tim. 1:10.
2. The Coming into the air to the meeting of His saints at the time of the rapture. 1Tim. 6:14; 2Tim. 4:8.
3. The shining forth of His glory at the time of the unveiling of His ‘parousia’ with His saints, that is the time of His second Advent when He comes from Heaven with His saints. Matt. 24: 27 and 2. Thess 2: 8.
That appearing is the great hope of Christ and His people; the rapture itself is part of the hope, but is preliminary to the consummating act of His second Advent for the overthrow of all the foes of God, and establishing of the Millennium Kingdom.
Of our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, the R.V is almost certainly right in giving the rendering which applies both titles to the Lord Jesus. It is the appearing of His glory for which we are to look. The ground of this combination as applying to Christ Himself is stronger than any conclusion of the Apostle’s general use of the terms.

v14 – He gave Himself for us, the reference is specifically to His death in atoning sacrifice. 1Tim. 2:6; Gal: 1:4 & 2:20, Eph. 5:25. It was on the Cross that the Lord Jesus gave Himself up for us.

The Purpose
1. That He might redeem us from all iniquity.
2. To purify Himself a people of His own possession.
3. Zealous of good works.

v15 – What a message that Titus was exhorted to preach and teach having eternal purposes for all those who accept the Lord Jesus Christ’s salvation, and live the life and practice sound doctrine, thus bringing glory and honour unto the Lord Jesus, and fulfilling the purposes of why He saved us.