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 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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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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