A couple had been married for 50 years. “Things have really changed,” she said. “You used to sit very close to me.” “Well, I can remedy that,” he said, moving next to her on the couch. “And you used to hold me tight.” “How’s that?” … More
A life that is independent of the doctrine of faith in Christ and salvation is but a show. As fruit is to the root so is a changed, productive life to a faith that saves. The false teachers with their counterfeit doctrine were deceptive, immoral and abominable (Titus 1:10,15,16). Their error produced its normal fruit. In contrast, the Cretan saints who had put their faith in Christ had to understand and practice ethical principles which demonstrated their new life in Christ.
Paul tells Titus that he must instruct the members with sound doctrine (v. 1). This is in contrast to the myths and man-made prescriptions which the false teachers were giving. He must teach this “sound doctrine” as actively as they taught error. Paul probably commences with the older men because they would have to set the example of Christian living to the oncoming generations. Four characteristics of change are insisted upon (v. 2):
How closely does my life line up with the instruction that Paul gives to older men in this passage? Respect is not something that is demanded but must be earned. I want to be a person who is characterized by patience and one who people will want to come to for advice.
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
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Titus 1:1-5Paul Gives His Purpose For Living
Titus 1:6-9Qualifications Of a Christian Leader
Titus 1:10-11Don’t Pretend to Be Something You Are Not
Titus 1:12-14False Doctrine Will Spread Rapidly
Titus 1:15-15Nothing is Pure For an Unbeliever
Titus 1:16-16Profession Does Not Mean Possession
Titus 2:1-2Salvation Must be Built on Sound Doctrine
Titus 2:3-5Instructions For Women
Titus 2:6-8Young Men Are to Be Good Examples
Titus 2:9-10Common Sins of Christian Employees
Titus 2:11-12Only by God’s Grace Can we Live The Christian Life
Titus 2:13-13Are You Anticipating The Lord’s Return?
Titus 2:14-15Made a New Creation in Christ Jesus
Titus 3:1-3Doing Helpful Things
Titus 3:4-7The Basis For Our Salvation
Titus 3:8-8How to Show That You Are a Christian
Titus 3:9-9Stop Fighting Other Christians
Titus 3:10-11How to Treat a Divisive Person
Titus 3:12-13God Has The Right Person at The Right Time
Titus 3:14-15How to be Productive For The Lord