A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Titus was a convert under Paul’s ministry and served with him in Crete as well as Ephesus.
He was also valuable enough to Paul to be sent as his representative to Corinth to help in the work there. According to 2 Timothy 4:10, Titus spent time in Dalmatia (modern-day Yugoslavia), which is where the New Testament record of his life ends.
It appears that Titus is still in Crete when this letter is written.
This is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean and was known for its immorality – particularly for the dishonesty, laziness and gluttony of its residents. Quite possibly, this letter was written from Corinth between 63 and 65.
After initial greetings, Paul begins a discussion of the qualifications for elders.
The terms elder
are used interchangeably and indicate that they are two words for the same office. The qualifications involve nothing more than can be expected from any Christian, the implication being that God can use anyone who is devoted and faithful to Him.
The need for clear teaching in the face of those who would rationalize sin
is carefully explained by Paul and he urges Titus to rebuke
anyone who encourages others to live in a way contrary to God’s will.
Chapter 2 begins with instruction for various groups within the church.
Older men are to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled and sound in faith, love and endurance.
Older women are to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
Younger women and men are also given a list of qualities which should be exhibited in their lives. Finally, slaves are reminded of the witness they can have for Christ and the need for integrity in all their relationships.
The practice of godliness is a response to the grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
We are to purify
ourselves and to be eager to do what is good.
The character of our lives must include a regard for rulers and authorities, and lead us away from slander towards peace with all men and women. Our efforts must come out of our awareness of guilt and inadequacy, not pride and self-righteousness – for we were once as those to whom we witness are now.
As you look at your own life, do you exhibit the characteristics Paul teaches?
If you had to pick one area of character development on which you would work, what would it be? Make a plan and start today!
© A. Eugene Pearson