Titus 3

Study of God’s Word (walk through the Bible) – Titus 3

Titus 3 has Paul coaching him on how to remind Christ Followers he was shepherding to treat each other, and in particular authorities.  The word for remind actually means “keep on reminding” meaning this isn’t a once and done sermon, but something all of us struggle with so we need continual reminders to stay the course.  Paul shares this list of things Titus should remind them about: “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people”.

He begins with a topic that many of us chaff at – submission to authority.  Somehow that carries a negative connotation today.  The reality is that submission provides a lot of benefits, the main one being that the authority you submit to becomes responsible for many things.  Whether it is in a marriage, with parents, a government, or whatever authority you consider, remember that being in authority carries a lot of pressure that we should be shielded from as one under submission.  Paul quickly add though, that we should not only be obedient, but “ready for every good work”.  The concept of submission does not make us passive, particularly as Christ Followers.  We can’t just sit back and let those in authority do all the work.  God wants us actively in the game.

His other directives involve how we get along with other people.  All of us are in the people business in some way or other.  We don’t live on an island alone, and we need to interact and play nicely with others.  Paul admits he came from a place that was not aligned with God and His plan.  Then he met Jesus.  “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life”.

Salvation is not about you or me, or what we do.  It’s about the Savior and His righteousness.  God pours out His mercy freely on us through Christ.  All we can do is receive it. Here’s the reality of salvation and the road to eternal life.  It goes through Jesus, and that is the only road.  Paul ends by reminding Titus to challenge the people to “let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful”.  He reinforces that we are not saved by our good works, we can’t earn our way to heaven, but we need to be involved in doing good works and bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Wow. What a great reminder, particularly in our high charge political environment.

    May I always remember. Be blessed in 2018. God is in an amazing mood.

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  2. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog.

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