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The People of the Kingdom
(Category 15 of 16)
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Titus, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Titus, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
In Titus, Paul commissions Titus to show how the good news of Jesus and the power of the Spirit can transform the Cretan culture from within.
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to
TITUS, a young pastor, faces the unenviable assignment of setting in order the
church at Crete. Paul writes advising him to appoint elders, men of proven
spiritual character in their homes and businesses, to oversee the work of the
church. But elders are not the only individuals in the church who are required to
excel spiritually. Men and women, young and old, each have their vital functions
to fulfill in the church if they are to be living examples of the doctrine they profess.
Throughout his letter to Titus, Paul stresses the necessary, practical working
out of salvation in the daily lives of both the elders and the congregation. Good
works are desirable and profitable for all believers.
This third Pastoral Epistle is simply titled Pros Titon, “To Titus.” Ironically, this
was also the name of the Roman general who destroyed Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and
succeeded his father Vespasian as emperor.
1 PAUL, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and athe acknowledgment of the truth bwhich accords with godliness,
2 in hope of eternal life which God, who acannot lie, promised before time began,
3 but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4 To aTitus, a true son in our common faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and 1the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should aset in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you—
6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, ahaving faithful children not accused of 1dissipation or insubordination.
7 For a 1bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not selfwilled, not quick-tempered, anot given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,
8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, selfcontrolled,
9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
10 For there are many insubordinate, both idle atalkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
11 whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, afor the sake of dishonest gain.
12 aOne of them, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
13 This testimony is true. aTherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14 not giving heed to Jewish fables and acommandments of men who turn from the truth.
15 aTo the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
16 They profess to aknow God, but bin works they deny Him, being 1abominable, disobedient, cand disqualified for every good work.
CHAPTER 1 References
1 a2 Tim. 2:25
b[1 Tim. 3:16] 2 aNum. 23:19
4 a2 Cor. 2:13;
8:23; Gal. 2:3;
2 Tim. 4:10
5 a1 Cor. 11:34
6 a1 Tim.
7 aLev. 10:9
10 aJames 1:26
11 a1 Tim. 6:5
12 aActs 17:28
13 a2 Cor.
13:10; 2 Tim.
14 aIs. 29:13
1 Cor. 6:12
1 John 2:4
b[2 Tim. 3:5, 7] cRom. 1:28
CHAPTER 2 References
5 a1 Tim. 5:14
b1 Cor. 14:34;
1 Tim. 2:11
7 aPhil. 3:17;
1 Tim. 4:12
1NU omits incorruptibility
8 1NU, M us
9 aEph. 6:5;
1 Tim. 6:1
5:15] 13 a1 Cor. 1:7
b[Col. 3:4] 14 aIs. 53:12;
9:14; 1 John
1:7] cEx. 15:16
15 a1 Tim.
2 Tim. 4:2
CHAPTER 3 References
1 a[Rom. 13:1];
1 Pet. 2:13
3 a1 Cor. 6:11;
1 Pet. 4:3
4 aTitus 2:11
b1 Tim. 2:3
Qualities of a Sound Church
1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:
2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—
4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 to be discreet, chaste, ahomemakers, good, bobedient to their own husbands, cthat the word of God may not be blasphemed.
6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded,
7 in all things showing yourself to be aa pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, bincorruptibility,1
8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of 1you.
9 Exhort abondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back,
10 not 1pilfering, but showing all good 2fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Trained by Saving Grace
11 For athe grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
13 alooking for the blessed bhope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
14 awho gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed band purify for Himself cHis own special people, zealous for good works.
15 Speak these things, aexhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
Graces of the Heirs of Grace
1 Remind them ato be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, bto be ready for every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
3 For awe ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
4 But when athe kindness and the love of bGod our Savior toward man appeared,
5 anot by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through bthe washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6 awhom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 that having been justified by His grace awe should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 aThis is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
9 But aavoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.
5 a[Rom. 3:20]
6 aEzek. 36:26
7 a[Rom. 8:17,
23, 24] 8 a1 Tim. 1:15
9 a2 Tim. 2:23
10 aMatt. 18:17
12 aActs 20:4
13 aActs 18:24
10 aReject a divisive man after the first and second 1admonition,
11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being selfcondemned.
12 When I send Artemas to you, or aTychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
13 Send Zenas the lawyer and aApollos on their journey with haste, that they may lack nothing.
14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
15 All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
The LORD the Shepherd of His People
A Psalm of David.
1 THE LORD is amy shepherd; bI shall not 1want.
2 aHe makes me to lie down in 1green pastures; bHe leads me beside the 2still waters.
3 He restores my soul; aHe leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
PSALM 23 References
1 a[Is. 40:11];
b[Phil. 4:19] 1lack
2 aEzek. 34:14
b[Rev. 7:17] 1Lit. pastures
waters of rest
3 aPs. 5:8; 31:3
4 aJob 3:5;
3:6; 27:1] c[Is.
43:2] 5 aPs. 104:15
6 1So with
return 2Or To
the end of my
days, lit. For
length of days
5 You aprepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You banoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will 1dwell in the house of the LORD 2Forever.
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