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Titus Chapter Three, Learning To Be The Light

In our study of Titus chapter three, we will look at the fact that being a light in this dark world requires learning and work on our part. In chapter two, we saw that the church should be sound in the Word of God. This begins with the leadership as we saw in the first chapter and now we will see how the Word of God causes us to be active in our faith.

Titus 3:1 & 2

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

Paul tells the leaders that they must remind the people of the things of God and to put them into practice. They are put into practice by humbling ourselves which means putting the needs of everyone else above our own.

Titus 3:3

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

How do we humble ourselves? We remember that we once were the same as the other people that are living in the flesh. When this simple fact is forgotten, then, the devil can use pride to cause division.

Titus 3:4 & 5a

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

Jesus showed up to save us because of the fact that He is love. We all deserved punishment but instead were given love.

Titus 3:5b-7

He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

This is a simple description of our salvation as Paul describes the fact that we are made a new creation through the Spirit. We were made right with God because of the gift of His Son and brought into His family. As members of the family, we are heirs with Christ of all the things of God including eternal life. These are the simple facts that we are to remember and by doing so we will remain humble and productive.

Titus 3:8

This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

How do we become sanctified (holy)? We see that the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us ready for service by God. It seems that, in the local "churches" of America, the leaders are constantly begging the congregation to volunteer for something or to get involved with something. It has even been said that 20% of the people in the local body do all of the work. Why is that? The simple answer is that, in most cases, the people are not being taught that "being the light" involves sanctification of the believer.

Titus 3:9

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.

To be productive in our walk with the Lord, we need to stay away from all of the little points of the law that bring about all of the denominational divisions. It seems that the body of believers is more divided than ever because of the smallest of points of doctrine. This is, in fact, the devil at work and his goal is to hinder the effectiveness of the church.

Titus 3:10 & 11

Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

These are strong words but Paul uses them because of the fact that he knows how dangerous legalism is to the faith. When he says "divisive person" he is talking about someone who wants to argue about a certain point of the law. What he is saying is that, if we remember that we are under grace and not the law, then the finer points of religious law are not important to us. If they are that important to someone else, then that person is putting their trust in obedience to the law and not the grace of God. If that is where they are putting their trust, then they are already condemned by their own heart and there is no need for us to argue with them. Our job is not to save people but to tell them the truth and so we can tell them where they are wrong in their thinking and our job is done.

Titus 3:12-14

As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

Paul gives some final personal instructions to Titus and we see that his desire is for believers to work together for the kingdom. He tells them that they must focus on the things of God and work for the kingdom and that is for us today as well.

Titus 3:15

Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.

Paul reminds us that we are the family of God and we should greet each other in a proper way. We do not ignore another part of the body of Christ but, as we saw in the previous passage, we all work together. We all are saved by grace and so are the same in His eyes.

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