THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO TITUS
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Glad youíre back
at Daily Bread!
Have you been wondering what else Paul has to say in his letter to Titus?
Let me remind you that we were imagining that youíre Titus or that Paul is
writing this letter to you. Heís appointed you the ministry of beginning the
Church in Crete and he started off by telling you to choose elders in every
city and what their requirements should be. Now the letter continues.
Preach the things that are suitable to sound doctrine (good morals). Teach
that the mature men be sober, grave (reverent), temperate (self-controlled),
firm in Faith, charity, and patience. The mature women, as well, that their
behavior shows holiness, not false accusers (slanderers or liars), not given
to (ruled by) much wine. But to be teachers of good things, so that they may
train the young women to be sober (responsible), to love their husbands, to
love their children, to be sensible, chaste (pure and clean), keepers at
home (remaining at and maintaining the home), good, obedient to their own
husbands, so that the Word of God is not blasphemed. Encourage the young men
also, to be sober minded (self-controlled).
In everything, be
an example of good works. In your doctrine (instruction or teaching), show
firmness, incorruptness (soundness), sincerity, clear speech, that cannot be
condemned, so that whoever is against you, feeling unworthy, will have
nothing evil to say about you.
Urge servants to
be obedient to their own masters, and to please them well in all things, not
back talking, or stealing, but showing good loyalty, that they reveal the
doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
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Grace of God that
brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying
ungodliness and worldly desire, we should live soberly, righteously, and
godly in this present world, looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious
appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for
us, that He might redeem (rescue) us from all iniquity, and purify for
Himself a peculiar (extraordinary) people, zealous (impassioned) of good
things and encourage the people, and rebuke (reprimand, criticize) with all
authority. Let no man despise you.
It looks like the
elders arenít the only ones in the church who are required to be true to the
Faith. Thatís something that many people donít take as seriously as they
should. No, Paul is telling you that it must be taught, that in the
believersí daily lives, they must practice the things that Jesus taught are
necessary for salvation. Renew your mind daily.
A lot of people
may think that it was easier in a different day and age to live a Christian
life, but folks, put yourself in any other era, and youíll find that any time was a difficult time. Iíd be willing to suggest that most
people today would find it harder to be a Christian if you took away their
microwave oven for a week. Try taking away modern transportation,
television, computers, running water, electricity, and housing as we know
it, and hand them a Bible. Do you think it would be easier?
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Now, youíve taken
away many comforts, but youíve also taken away the means by which much evil
is introduced into todayís world. Would that make it easier or more
difficult to lead a Christian life? It's a toss up. In Jesus time, there
were plenty of people who were troubled by evil spirits. In Moses time the
children of Israel found it very difficult to walk the walk of faith. You must say, itís hard to say with any
kind of certainty that one time period was easier than another, to live as a