Wednesday, May 19, 2010

God's Grace And Sound Doctrine Teach Us To Deny Ungodliness And Worldly Desires Titus 2:1-10

Titus 2:1-10

Theme: Promote Church Order

5) By maintaining good works (2 - 3)

"But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine...For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age..." (2:1, 11-12 NAS)

False doctrine teaches salvation by merit and results in evil deeds. By contrast, sound doctrine proclaims salvation by grace alone, but calls for godly living (1). Verses 2-10 explain several ways to maintain good works: 

Older men: by being "temperate" (alert, not intoxicated, calm), "dignified" (of honorable or respectable character), "sensible" (salvation minded, self controlled, in one's senses, accurate in self evaluation), and "sound (healthy, safe, wholesome) in faith", "love", and "perseverance" (to "remain under", e.g. trials, etc.) (2)  

Older women: by being "reverent" (fitting holiness), not "malicious gossips" (lit. "devil", to throw accusations [esp. false] at), not "enslaved to much wine", and by "teaching what is good". This last instruction refers to encouraging younger women to live godly (3-4a).  

Younger women: by loving their husbands and children, by being "sensible" (same as above), "pure" (holy, chaste), "workers at home" (lit. "house guards" or caretakers), "kind" (good, useful, upright), and by being "subject ("rank one's self under", "obey") to their own husbands" (4-5 NAS).

Younger men: by being "sensible" (same as above) (6). 

Titus: by showing himself an example (pattern) of good deeds, "with purity in doctrine" (lit. "not corrupt", i.e. not throwing over or destroying), "dignified" (heavy, honest, respectable), "sound in speech" (whole, healthy, from a base meaning "to cause to grow"). Such godly living gives opponents "nothing bad to say" about christians who profess faith (7-8 NAS).

Servants: by being "subject to their own masters" (same word as for wives), "well-pleasing", "not argumentative" (to speak against, or contradict), , "not pilfering" (keeping or separating for one's self) and by "showing all good faith". Such conduct "adorns (puts in order, ornaments, garnishes, embellishes) the doctrine of God our Savior" (9-10 NAS)

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