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Titus 2:7

Jun 12, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Titus, Titus (written), Writings  //  6 Comments

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility Titus 2:7

In the previous verse, Titus was directly instructed to “exhort the younger men to be sober-minded.” Now, instead of asking him to continue to exhort others, Paul directly exhorts Titus. With that understanding, he says to Titus, “in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works.” The reason for his words is still for the benefit of the young men, but it is now one of example by Titus rather than exhortation from him.

Titus was to make himself the epitome (in all things) of character. Whatever he did was to be laid down as a pattern (an example worthy of emulation) that others could follow (good works). The word translated as “pattern” is tupos. It is where our modern word “type” is derived from. It signifies a model, which is used to mold other things. In making coins, there is a model which is then repeated in the coin making process. Titus was to be such a model by which he would forge others into the proper mold through emulation of him.

From here, Paul cites three words which are all connected to the idea of doctrine. One of the words is not found in many Greek manuscripts, and the order is not always translated the same, but each will be explained, regardless as to whether the third word is an insert error or not.

Paul says, “in doctrine showing integrity. The word signifies incorruptibility, and thus immortality. Titus’ doctrine was to be so pure and undefiled that it would exist at all times and without any change or corruption. It was to lack any capacity to break down. That is a tough call for anyone, but this is what is expected of the elder within the church. They are never to be blown by the winds of doctrinal confusion.

He then says that in doctrine, Titus should show “reverence.” Titus was to have a serious honor for the doctrine he espoused, exalting it because it is noble and good. The man of God is to hold doctrine from the word in high esteem, never diminishing it. Instead, he is to treat it as an august, worthy of respect, matter.

Finally, concerning doctrine, Titus should show “incorruptibility.” Albert Barnes says, “The word here used does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament. It means, here, the same as purity – that which is not erroneous, and which does not tend to corrupt or vitiate the morals of others, or to endanger their salvation. Everything in his teaching was to be such as to make men purer and better.”

Life application: For the man of God who is selected as an elder, there is a high calling. The stress in Paul’s word of this verse in Titus is on doctrine. The man of God is to not waffle on his doctrine, but is to be sound and set in it at all times. He is to hold proper doctrine in the highest regard, and to live his life so that others understand that this is his treasure and sacred trust.

Lord God, doctrine concerning your word is a matter that many take lightly, changing their thoughts quickly with each argument that arises. Unfortunately, this shows a lack of respect for the incorruptible nature of Your word. There is one truth in doctrine, and it isn’t up for sale to the highest bidder, nor does it belong to the most eloquent orator. Instead, it is for us to seek out, and then to hold fast to. Give us wisdom in this, and may we be fixed, firm, and resolute in our proclamation of what is right and correct concerning the truth of Your word. Help us in this, O God. Amen.

6 Comments

  • Reading the bible or just reading a verse or two each day our growth, our firm resolution in the word and its message stays weak and leaves us vunrable to the shifting landscape of the secular world! We get tossed to and fro with almost every new proclamation about bible events from people that for the most part have no idea what they are saying and just want to tickle the ears of anyone that will listen to them! Myself even ten years ago I was leaning too far left and letting others influence me on bible matters. Thank god the lord has lead me to many mentors in the word. In particular this guy in Fla that wears PF nothing’s on his feet and is always packing! My kind of guy! May he live long and prosper ..at least until the lord brings us home Amen. We need the bible In our lives everyday 24/7 365 it’s the only way to stem the tide of lies being heaped on us and the world in these last days! May we all be strengthened by what we learn here through Charlie’s Teachings and that they mightily enhance our scope and knowledge of Gods word In our daily life as we try to live daily for the lord! Amen

    Grace Mercy and Peace on you and yours
    God Bless my Friend(s)

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Amen!

  • Nothing on his feet eh? I gotta meet that guy! Seriously, the guy who collects the recyclables at the mall is changing his job. He is training his replacement. He said, “This is the guy I told you about. He never wears shoes… even when mowing!” I guess they had been talking about that weirdo guy 😉

  • Personally I love weirdos they make life fun and I am happy to be in their ranks LOL well my wife will attest to that 🙂

  • Thanks Charlie…was traveling where there was no internet connection so a little behind.
    Seems that in some “Christian circles” DOCTRINE is a bad word. So sad.
    Thanks, too, for making me aware of another definition of the word “august.”

  • August is an august word. I usually use it in the month of August.

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