Titus 2

Titus 2 has Paul giving Titus some direction on how to speak to five different segments of the church.  He makes sure that Titus puts first things first though by saying “teach what accord with sound doctrine”.  It doesn’t matter who you are talking with – speaking God’s truth has to be priority one.  But then he goes on to differentiate between five different types of people:

  1. Older men
  2. Older women
  3. Younger men
  4. Younger women
  5. Slaves

Titus then gives specific direction to each group:

  • Older men – are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
  • Older women – likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine….teach what is good, and so train
  • young women – to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
  • younger men – to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity,  dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
  • Slaves – are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior”

Very specific guidance as to how Titus was to prepare each group to live successfully as a Christ Follower.

Around the word steadfastness for older men, it means a steadfast and active endurance, not a passive waiting.  We are to be in the game and not on the bench. To older women, he warned of a common problem of his day around wine, and gives them something positive to live towards, instead of the negative things of slander and alcohol abuse.  Titus was not to make it his ministry to teach the young women directly but to equip and encourage the older women to teach the young women. And Titus had to be more than a teacher, he also had to be an example. His guidance to others would not be taken seriously if he himself was not walking with the Lord.

Then Paul takes a different tact and instructs Titus about slaves or bondservants.  Titus was to teach bondservants about their specific duties as Christians.  Christians had shocked the larger culture by mixing slaves and masters in the social setting of the church service.  So Titus was to address this potentially charged situation.  And then Paul ends this chapter by telling Titus to “redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works”.  Paul wants Titus to remind Christ Followers that they have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, and as a result should be zealous to live righteously and focus on doing good works!

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