Titus 3:8 Maintenance Program

Titus 3:8 (KJV)
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

It is interesting that the Word of God makes it clear that the only ones the preacher needs press to good works are those which have believed in God.

  • No one else would likely listen to a preacher and
  • It would serve no saving purpose for anyone else to do it

The language of the text teaches that even the believer needs to be repeatedly reminded and provoked to good works.

The preacher is to “affirm constantly.”
It isn’t going to work to teach it just one time. Even if the student “gets it” the flesh will fail him unless he has renewed motivation.

Maintain good works
That word maintain implies: repair, restoration and constant upkeep. This must be a careful maintenance program. It must involve regular inspections, faithful corrections and constant polish and cleaning.

The Christian life simply cannot be one of ease. To do so will, without doubt, lead to slipping from those good works.

 

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Titus 2:1 Becoming Behavior

Titus 2:1 (KJV)
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

There is an obvious concern in this chapter not just for sound doctrine, but for a lifestyle that is fitting of it. God tells this preacher to not only give the people doctrinal truth but also lessons on how to make that truth more becoming and attractive.

This concern comes up at least three times in this chapter.
Titus 2:5 (KJV)
To bediscreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

This blasphemy, it may be observed is in two forms:

  • The blasphemy and ridicule of those who are without. As they observe Christians behaving poorly they have cause to criticize
  • The blasphemy of the Christian himself as he behave in a manner unbecoming and thus blasphemous to his faith

Titus 2:10 (KJV)
Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

The preacher is to teach behavior that is fitting of the Saviour. To warn his hearers of behavior that would vilify and defame the Saviour and then to point them to behavior that will adorn, decorate and garnish the Saviour

We’ve had too much Christianity intended to adorn the Christian at Christ’s expense and not nearly enough of adorn Christ at His servants’ sacrifice.

 

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Titus 1:10-11 But How?

Titus 1:10-11 (KJV)
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

I’m focusing on those words, “Whose mouths must be stopped.” The question is, how?

The Inquisition, I suppose, was a Catholic attempt to silence those whose mouths they believed must be stopped. They attempted to stop the wrong mouths. Instead of silencing the Baptist’s who would not yoke up with them or even men like Luther and Calvin, who were their own priests but interested in truth, they would have done better to silence their popes. They were unsuccessful in their attempts. The blood of the martyrs became the seed of revival. As one believer after the other was killed for his or her faith ten or more embraced the faith for which they had died.

Nevertheless the word of God says of these deceivers, “Whose mouths must be stopped.”

It cannot be done, must not be done physically or by force. How are we to stop them? By giving them no audience. Why is it we are so fascinated by the forbidden? The more a heretic is branded, the more people go to hear what he is a heretic of. Gossip, slander, idle tales; we know the Bible warns us against them yet, like a fly to the light, we are drawn to it.

The deceiver, the false teacher, the heretic must be stopped. And that can only happen when we decide to believe God and refuse to listen.

 

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Titus 3:1-6 Why Be Gracious

Titus 3:1-6 (KJV)
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

The Apostle gives two clear reasons why Christians ought to be gracious to all men, treating them gently and saying nothing evil about them:

First, because we were just like them
Truth is, we probably still are. It is shameful how little Christians these days are different than unbelievers. We are likely to:

  • Speak like them
  • Behave like them
  • Enjoy the same things as them and
  • Respond to life no differently than them

We have no reason to treat them poorly. We are of the same stock.

Second, because it was the kindness of God that saved and changed us
It was not our own works of righteousness. It was nothing we did to deserve God’s grace. It was:

  • His grace
  • His kindness
  • His work of righteousness and
  • His sacrifice

that saved us.

We ought to be open about what we believe to be Scriptural but we do not need to be mean spirited toward those who don’t see things as we do.

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Titus 3:10-11 Reject the Heretic

Titus 3:10-11 (KJV)
A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

It’s hard to take in our soft “get along with everything” world, but the Bible is clear that the heretic is eventually to be rejected.

Heresy and apostasy are different breeds of the same animal.
Apostasy is turning from the faith once delivered. Heresy is an attempt to lead others to do the same. Apostasy is bad doctrine. Heresy tries to pull others away from sound doctrine and into the error.[1]

We ought to try to reach the heretic, to persuade them to repent and come back. If they do not, after a few attempts (at least more than one) we have to move on.

Here’s the thing, whenever we obey this passage we can be assured that we will be accused of being unloving. It’s not true. Don’t you believe it! The heretic is condemned of himself. It’s no one’s fault but his own.

[1] One definition of heresy includes anyone who attempts to cause a division – such as trying to get a Christian to leave one church for another.

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Titus 2:3-4 A Little Beer Is Not All Right

Titus 2:3-4 (KJV)
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

I heard it again just yesterday. One of the more modern type preachers, teaching on 1 Corinthians 6:19 and that our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (don’t get me started on that – the body being spoken of is that of the assembled local church and not one Christian’s individual body), he said that we should take care of our body because it is God’s temple. He then applied that to several things:

  • Getting exercise
  • Eating properly

And then he said, “Just drink two beers out of that six pack, not the whole six pack.” At this point he laughed and said, “That’s right. I said it is all right to drink that beer. You just need to drink in moderation.”

We have before us today one of those passages that might be used to prove it is ok to drink alcohol as long as we drink in moderation. However, there are some things to take into consideration.

First, the passage refers to wine, not beer, whiskey or other forms of alcohol.
Strong drink is condemned always, without exception. Beer is never referred to in the Bible. I am aware that some people claim beer and wine are of the same class. I don’t buy it.

Second, the term “not given to” means to be “enslaved by.”
It is literally speaking of becoming addicted to the wine. This passage is teaching the preacher to preach that a person should not be addicted to wine.

Apparently it was considered acceptable for the aged of society in those days to be in the habit of being drunk. Maybe it was thought it cheered them in the old age or kept them warm and healthy or whatever. The teaching of the Bible was that Christians should not buy into the cultural mores of the day on such matters.

Thirdly, the clear teaching later on in this very chapter is sobriety
Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

The teaching of the Bible is that a Christian ought to be clear headed and sober. There is no permission to drink a little alcohol so long as it is just a little. The current trend toward teaching such thinks is simply a means to be popular in the world. But it is a compromise against God and godliness.

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Titus 1:9-14 How to Silence Unruly Speech

Titus 1:9-14 (KJV)
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

The Apostle Paul says something in this passage that our current culture, as irreverent as it is, would find offensive. Paul says of those unruly and vain talkers that their “mouths must be stopped.”

One can imagine techniques employed to silence detractors in years gone by. Some of those methods were used against people who believed just like I do now. Paul is not calling for:

  • Intimidation tactics,
  • Legislative measures or
  • Brutal coercion

He clearly expresses how they are to be stopped:

  • Through faithful allegiance to God’s Word
  • Through caring but sharp rebuke
  • Through steadfastly refusing to pay attention or give heed to their message

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Titus 3:1 Give Him Influence

Titus 3:1 (KJV)
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

There is much content in this chapter but before we get into it the Apostle gives us a principle; the preacher’s job is to put people’s minds in a certain order.

People think about a variety of things:

  • Political
  • Social
  • Environmental
  • Economical

Sometimes people think about sports interests or family concerns.

Apostle Paul insisted that the preacher has the responsibility to influence and steer the minds of his congregation.

This leads me to suggest that believers ought to allow their preacher the influence God places upon him.

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Titus 2:4-5 Teach “To”

Titus 2:4-5 (KJV)
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The lesson here is of course to the aged or more spiritually mature women. The encouragement is that they would conduct themselves in such a way that they may teach the younger women.

I notice that they are not told to teach these younger women “how to” but “to.” This is not a classroom setting. We miss the point when we picture a mature woman leading a course lecture entitled “How to love your husband”. She teaches “to” and not “how to.”

The distinction is important because the manner of teaching is different for each. In order to teach “how to” the instructor provided books, class notes lectures and facilitates discussion. In order to teach “to” the instructor provides example.

Maybe the most dramatic illustration of the difference is that of the medical professional advising the patient to stop smoking while the odor of their own clothes betrays that they had just left the doctor’s smoking lounge. It is possible to tell a person they should quit smoking, give them information about the dangers of smoking and provide them with methods on how to stop smoking while at the same time they smoke.

Teaching “to” is an entirely different sort. It likely had no class and surely will not pass out literature. It uses a much more powerful teacher’s aide; example. This teacher has no scheduled course time. There will never be an assembly of students. The teacher doesn’t advertise the program and no grade are issued when it is finished. The teacher probably won’t think of themself as teachers and likely very few view themselves as their student. They are learning nonetheless.

This is the biblical and most powerful way to teach.

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Titus 1:16 Contumacious?

Titus 1:16 (KJV)
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

While a person’s profession of faith is important, it is not necessarily proof of a true and vital relationship with Christ. We profess Christ as much by our works as we do by our mouths. Little of spiritual and eternal value is accomplished by a profession of faith followed with works of denial. This passage classes such works as:

Abominable
Strong’s Concordance defines this as detestable, especially idolatrous. These are actions that place something else before God.

Disobedient
We all know what this means. Strong’s defines it as “contumacious” a term used most commonly in the legal field to speak of the “stubbornly rebellious”. This is the person who chooses disobedience to God despite judgment against it. We live in a contumacious society these days.

Reprobate
This means rejected or cast away. I think we can apply it from two perspectives:

  • They reject and cast away good work. They choose the evil over the good.
  • They are therefore rejected and cast away by God. He will not accept what good they might do. Eternally they are cast away into hell fire.

 

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