Weekly Devotional – Doing Good For The Sake Of The Gospel

Titus 2:1-15

Paul normally follows a rebuke of false doctrine with an admonition of how the believer should act (2 Tim. 3:10, 14). Sound means “healthy.” Paul makes frequent use of the term in the Pastoral Epistles.

While some people’s deeds disprove their claim to know God, Titus in contrast was to teach the people to live in a way consistent with sound teaching, in a way that would affirm rather than deny their claim to know God. The instruction addressed typical groups within the family structure (older men, older women, younger women, younger men, and slaves).

Paul views sound doctrine as the root that produces the fruit of sound practice (good works), such as faith, love, and patience (v. 2), as well as sound speech (v. 8). Right thinking is the raw material for right actions (Ps. 119:11; Prov. 23:7; Rom. 12:2; James 1:13-15). Our actions will naturally reveal the direction of our thoughts.

Teaching in these verses is practical and focuses on the domestic sphere. Paul emphasizes that older women can help model for young women what it means to be a wife and mother.

In keeping with the theme of good works (vs. 1, 2), older women are not to engage in evil practices like slander, gossip, or drunkenness; instead, they are to teach younger women.

In each of these verses, important statements are made about the desired result of “spiritual living.” Such living keeps us from providing a basis for the gospel (God’s message) to be slandered. Such living also highlights the attractiveness of the gospel.

This paragraph provides the theological basis for the lifestyle commended in verses 1-10. Christians should live sanctified lives because the grace of God that saves us also instructs us to live in a new way. A person cannot claim to be a recipient of God’s saving grace if he is not also a trainee in the lifestyle made possible by grace.

Paul concludes his instructions to various age groups by reminding Titus that his personal life is an essential aspect of his teaching. More people will learn from our daily actions than from what we say. Therefore, we must pay careful attention that our lives are in line with our beliefs.

This scripture has sometimes been misunderstood as saying that all people will be saved. However, such a reading is not made necessary by the words here, and it flatly contradicts other portions of Scripture. The force of all people is to emphasize the universal offer of the gospel. The offer of salvation is proclaimed not just to one group but to all peoples.

Godlessness refers to behavior that is not in accordance with God’s ways. Lusts refer not only to abnormal sexual desires but to sinful desires of the heart in general.

The verb used here for wait often carries the illusion of eagerness. The eager expectation of the return of Christ mentioned here is not just the time of the instruction of grace; it is also the way grace teaches us to renounce sin and live in a “godly way” (Titus 2:12). Setting our minds on the truth of Christ’s return impels us to holiness (1Jn 3:2-3). The blessed hope is the appearing of Christ. The reference to Jesus as God and Savior is a strong affirmation of His deity.

The phrase “people for His own possession” translates an unusual phrase with intentional echoes from the OT (Ex 19:5; Mal 3:17). The phrase expresses the sense of “prized, treasured possession” (1Pe 2:9).

This verse is an unmistakable call for authoritative teaching in the church.

As a teacher, I can tell you that there are not enough hours in a day to be able to teach you how to be a Christian. You learn to be a Christian by studying your bible one on one with God.

To show people we have changed our lives is not enough. Even satan changed his life after he was removed from heaven; however, he did not become a Christian.

The Holy Spirit is not given to us so we can allow Him to lead us every day, so He can tell us what to do every minute, so he can keep us from sin. That is not the mission of the Holy Spirit. The Mission of the Holy Spirit is to teach us and to pick us up “if we fall” not when we fall.

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