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Titus 1:8

May 28, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Titus, Titus (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Monday, 28 May 2018

…but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, Titus 1:8

In the previous verse, Paul noted disqualifying factors for the office of bishop. Now in this verse, he gives things which are necessary for qualification. The word “but” shows the contrast between the two. The first qualification is being “hospitable.”

This is a compound word coming from philos, meaning “friend,” or “associate;” and xenos, meaning “stranger,” or “foreigner.” Thus, it is one who is a friend of strangers. The word xenos is where our modern term “xenophobia” is derived. That speaks of having a phobia against foreigners. The word “hospitable” is then speaking of one’s conduct – being fond of guests, and good towards strangers. Such a person is to be naturally given to hospitality.

Next, Paul says he must be “a lover of what is good.” It is a word found only here in Scripture. It gives the sense of having personal affection for what is inherently good. Thus, it speaks of those who love what God loves. A paraphrase of its meaning would be “One who loves God’s good.” That which is of God, or of which God is pleased with, also pleases him.

Paul then mentions the “sober-minded.” It is a word found four times, all in the pastoral epistles. It signifies soundness of mind. Such a person is to be well-balanced from God’s perspective. It is a person who lives in line with the word of God, setting the boundaries of his life in accord with that word. Thus, a good definition of this word would be “discreet and discerning.” HELPS Word Studies gives the following example: “An opera singer controls the length (quality) of their tones by their diaphragm which even controls the ability to breathe and moderates heartbeat. Hence it regulates (‘brings safety’) to the body, keeping it properly controlled.”

The next qualification is being “just.” The word signifies being righteous, and thus “just in the eyes of God” (Souter). One who conforms to God’s righteous standards is indicated here. He is an upright individual.

Being just is followed by being “holy.” This indicates that which is sanctioned by higher (divine) law. Such a person lives in accordance with God’s divine truth. Thus, he is set apart as godly.

Paul finishes this verse with “self-controlled.” It is another unique word in Scripture, egkratés. It literally signifies “mastered from within.” Thus it is a person who is temperate, prudent, and able to control his passions and desires.

Life application: Think on the negatives of the words given today. Can you imagine appointing someone to a leadership position who isn’t hospitable toward others; who despises what is good; who is unsound in his thinking and decisions; who is unjust; who is unholy; and/or who cannot control his passions? Paul’s words should be obvious concerning the selection of men to the ministry. And yet, how many times do we read of pastors, preachers, and deacons who live very ungodly lives. It is possible for anyone to slip up, but some appointments are made of those who are just truly unqualified. This is a great fault in the church, and it has led to entire denominations quickly going apostate.

Lord God, great denominations have quickly fallen away from what is holy, godly, and in accord with Your will and Your word. The most vile of conduct is now being accepted under the premise that it is “loving.” In fact though, it is hateful of You, and of Your word. When will the ungodly be brought to account for this? We pray that You will act, and bring about restoration of our churches. Return our hearts to godliness, O God. Amen.


  • Sadly to many of today’s pastors and others have a magic mirror hidden away that they consult with everyday. Mirror mirror on the wall who is the coolest pastor of them all? It’s not about the congregation and salvation no it’s all about them and their own lust and desires for wealth and fame! What they don’t realize is their lives are more like Dorian Gray! While they pretend to be upright and a moral model for all to see Their portrait is in the attic getting older and uglier with each lie with each deception that comes out of their mouths. Thank God for the pastors that preach salvation through Jesus and not a false prosperity gospel! Thank you Charlie for always being true to the lords word and not pulling punches and making all inclusive lies to draw people in and for being an Awesome teacher of the word! It is such a blessing to know you and your ministry.
    Grace Mercy and Peace on you and yours
    God bless my friend

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! I love the conviction these verses stir in me as I seek to become a better Christian as I look to CHRIST and HIS finished work. Without HIS assurance I would have given up a long time ago. Thank GOD I found the superior word ! I was making little progress until then , so many claiming to teach the WORD out there, but so little actually doing so. Many doing not at all and many seeming to be co intel pro sleeper agents and shills for the enemy. Thank the LORD, and thankful for the superior word and all the brothers and sisters who attend .

  • Oh and yes I would want a bumper sticke,r a few in fact , and they would be proudly displayed!

  • Oh heck yes a bumper sticker for me also

  • I will hold heartedly second Sean statement. We have been blessed to have been pointed to Charlie and the Superior word. Thank you Charlie for your unwavering commitment to properly and unapologetically teaching us the word of God even the stuff we don’t really want to hear lol but I do want to hear it all good and bad because every word from God is a blessing to us and a tool for us to keep growing in him and for him. Amen bros dinner is almost ready…let the feast begin AMEN

  • With all my heart, I really appreciate the two letters above and I wholeheartedly agree, I thank God for Pastor Charlie, and I thank God for a blessed, pastor-supported congregation of saints like you two above! Thank you all, praise the Lord, and thank you again, Pastor, for helping us stay in the Word! I really look forward to my time in the Word each day, and thank the Lord for my time with Him in the Word, and for fellowship online with Superior Word and all the teaching, and preaching, daily and weekly, we are blessed! We certainly keep the pastor busy! Keep him in your prayers daily!

  • Amen Thompson Amen this is an amazing family WE are part of!
    God bless all my superior word bothers and sisters

  • The comments from you all really bless me. Thank you. And Shane, Gordon…send me your home address by email and I’ll add you to the list. I may have one or both already, but it will save me from digging around. I will order them at some point. Just need to compile a list first!

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