65 A.D. – Titus

Young man reading by candlelight, Matthias Stom

Young man reading by candlelight, Matthias Stom (1600-1650)

Ch. 1 – An overseer (elder) must hold to the Truth as Biblically taught (v. 9).  He must “get it” so that he can pass it on as well as rebuke those who deny the Truth (v. 13).  As a matter of Biblical principle, this not only applies to overseers but to all Christian men.

Jewish fables and commandments of men (v.14) include perverse, deviant behavior (verses 15-16).  There was also the matter of the stubborn Jewish requirement for all Gentile believers to be circumcised, a commandment of men that Paul disproved.

Verse 16 reads, “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him…”  What kind of works shows that a “believer” actually denies a true profession of faith in Christ?

Chapters 2 & 3 – Paul urges young men to be self-controlled and disciplined in body, mind, and spirit.  These are the faithful sayings Paul urged Titus to embrace in his living for Christ:

– Be sober.
– Have a good work ethic.
– Teach and learn with integrity and reverence.
– Speak with truth and sincerity.
– Guard yourself against ungodliness and lusts of this world.
– Be sober (drives the point home about not using alcohol).
– Live righteously and in a Godly, manly way.
– Be alert to how God is working around you.
– Speak, exhort, and rebuke with authority.
– Subject yourself to the rule of law.
– Be obedient in good works.
– Don’t speak evil of anyone.
– Live in peace with others.
– Be a gentleman, humble in your relationships with other men.
– Constantly affirm your faithfulness to Christ.
– Maintain good works.
– Avoid stupid and pointless arguments.
– Don’t bear the courage of others’ worldly convictions.
– Defend Truth.
– Have nothing to do with those who cause division.