Titus 3:3 “We Ourselves Also Were…”

Titus 3:3 (KJV)
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

The Bible tells us exactly why we ought to

  • Speak evil of no man
  • Be gentle and
  • Show meekness

It’s because “we ourselves also were…”

The basis for Christian kindness is the realization that we are no better than any other man. We are what we are today only by the grace of God.

If we then look at this conversely, we discover that those who speak evil, brawl, and act proudly

Have forgotten from whence they came

Worse, presume upon the grace of God in their life. 
They ignore or maybe deny by their actions that it was God who brought them out.

There is a place for earnest admonition and even rejection of the heretic.[1] But there is never a good excuse for unkindness.


[1] Titus 3:10 (KJV)
A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

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Titus 3:3 “We Ourselves Also Were…”

Titus 3:2 But Gentle

Titus 3:2 (KJV)
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

There is a quality that ought to mark the Christian. I don’t think it is a natural one. It’s not the product of conversion but of preaching and teaching. Though I am sure it is aided by the Holy Spirit, it is really something we accept and learn through discipline. It is gentleness. 

We ought to learn not to speak evil
And that is of any man, even those we believe to be evil.

We ought to learn not to be brawlers
That is quick-tempered and anxious to fight.

We ought to learn to be meek
That is quiet and submissive. I do not believe this to mean that we allow others to walk over us. It means that we have our life force under reign. We control it for its proper use. 

And we learn these things by remembering that it was the kindness and love of God that changed us from the very men we might wish to speak evil of, to fight, and to dominate. 

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Titus 3:2 But Gentle

Titus 2:11-13 Teaching Us

Titus 2:11-13 (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;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

The grace of God is instructive. It not only: gives, blesses, frees, relieves, but it also teaches. Never allow your faith to rest in a grace that provides for no growth. 

It teaches us to deny
Grace isn’t a license to sin. Far from it. Grace teaches us to deny and turn from ungodliness and worldly lusts. 

It teaches us to live
And specifically, how to live: soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. 

It teaches us to look
We live today but we look for tomorrow. We can deny and we can live because we look for that blessed hope. 

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Titus 2:11-13 Teaching Us

Titus 1:1 True To Our Calling

Titus 1:1 (KJV)
Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

Albert Barnes writes, “The truth, the acknowledgment of which Paul was appointed to secure, was not scientific, historical, or political truth: it was that of religion – that which was adapted to lead men to a holy life, and to prepare them for a holy heaven.”

Those who would serve God must endeavor to remain true to their calling. There are so many causes in this world; some of them worthy, some of them not so much, but all of them vying for our efforts. One might, from time to time, feel guilty that his attention isn’t more focused on these others. No doubt there will be people who insist that they are a part of the preacher’s duty. 

Be steadfast and unmovable in this. 

Our work is to lead men after godliness. 

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Titus 1:1 True To Our Calling

Titus 1:15 A Sanctifying Tendency

Titus 1:15 (KJV)
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Unto the pure all things are pure.” What a convicting thought. Right away let’s dismiss that this teaches the believer can do anything and believe anything because his faith makes it impossible for him to be defiled. 

Albert Barnes believes there’s is an allusion to the meats question of Romans 14. He expands upon that and writes, “that every ordinance of religion, every command of God, every event that occurs in divine Providence, tends to promote the holiness of one who is of pure heart. He can see a sanctifying tendency in everything”.

We have been dealt a difficult blow of late. We have had liberty snatched from us overnight and our neighbors are the very people likely to turn us in if they believe we are practicing liberty.[1]  It’s easy right now to complain pretty loudly. 

The pure mind and heart will seek the “sanctifying tendency” of even this difficulty. 


[1] I suspect, however, that many of those breaking the laws regarding travel are the very ones voting in the people who have confined us.

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Titus 1:15 A Sanctifying Tendency

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Titus 3:10 Once or Twice

Titus 3:10 (KJV)
A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

The word heretic carries implications today that probably cloud our understanding of the word. The Catholics and Protestants of 400 years ago viewed a heretic as someone whose doctrine was so wrong, they were worthy of confinement, torture and even death. We have come to see heresy as akin to the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost.[1]

The word means schismatic. He is someone who causes division and hinders the unity of the church. He may not be a horrible person and his actions may not seem to be that offensive. If he causes division or separation he is to be corrected. If he refuses the correction he is then to be rejected or avoided, trusting that God will either bring him to himself or judge him appropriately. We don’t need to use our resources on the one who is unteachable. We try to help them once. We try a second time[2]then we let them to their devices and focus on those who are teachable. 


[1]A concept that also is misunderstood.

[2]I would go so far as to suggest that the phrase “first and second admonition” is not a strict term to be taken literally but a general one to represent a reasonable number of times.

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Titus 2:11 All Men

Titus 2:11 (KJV)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

The word appeared, means to become visible or known. The Bible says this grace appears to all men. 

All classes of men
There is none so low as to be unqualified and none so high as to be without need.

All races of men
Regardless of color, religion background.

All eras of men
Those past and those future must be saved by this same grace.

Albert Barnes writes,
“… that plan was fitted to secure the salvation of all men; that none were excluded from the offer;”

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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.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4300 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

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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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