In our study of Titus chapter two, we will look at Paul's instructions concerning teaching the Word of God in the church. In chapter one, we saw that a Christian leader's ministry must be able and willing to stand on the Word of God. Here, we will see that, as a leader, he/she has the duty to teach that Word.
"You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine." NIV translation
Paul tells his "son" that he must teach the uncompromised truth that was given to him. We must remember that, in chapter one, Paul addressed the fact that there was false teachers coming into the church and trying to add the Law (legalism) to the gospel of grace.
"Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance." NIV translation
Paul tells us that, we who are older in the faith, should be a good example for the next generation. Today, we think of teaching as a student going and sitting in a classroom and receiving information from an instructor. The greatest teaching is accomplished by being an example and letting the younger ones see our faith in action. It has become even more important in the information age that we live in today. With all of the background noise of advertisers and all kinds of people talking at us, we pay more attention to what we see than what we hear around us.
"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good." NIV translation
Women are examples just as men are as we see here. Women are to be focused on the things of God in order to be that good example.
"Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." NIV translation
The goal of the Christian woman is to be a living example to the younger girls around them. Paul gives us a list, here, and tells us the purpose is so that people will see that the Word of God is more than just talk. We must remember that the husband-wife relationship is a picture of the relationship between the church and Jesus Christ (see Ephesians 5).
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good." NIV translation
We see that the example of a godly man can encourage the younger men to live godly lives.
"In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us." NIV translation
As we teach the Word of God, we must do so with integrity (not for personal gain) as people can see our hearts as we share the Word. If they see that we are only doing so for our benefit and not for the benefit of the students, then they will not even listen. If we are teaching because we truly want hearts to be changed and turned to God, then our critics will be silenced as well.
"Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive." NIV translation
We may not think much about slaves today but this is talking about your boss or supervisor at work. We, as Christians, are to be the best employee our boss has ever seen (especially if he does not know Jesus). We are to be honest and hard-working in order to show them that we are different because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age," NIV translation
Paul shows us that the grace (gift) of God has two parts. The first gift (Jesus) brought salvation and made a way for us to be in a right relationship with God. The second gift (Holy Spirit) "teaches" us to cultivate and grow that relationship so that we can be holy just as God is holy. This Gift gives us the power to say no to the flesh and to walk in the light here on the earth. We all struggle with the flesh to a certain degree and at certain times but we have been given the power to win!
"while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." NIV translation
Jesus bought us and saved us to be with Him. We are waiting for His return as He promised. Because of what He has done for us and what He has promised for us, we are "eager to do good". We want to do good because He is good.
"These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you." NIV translation
Paul closes this part of his letter by reminding Titus of the authority that he has been given by God. He also tells him to not let anyone look down on him because of his age (he was a young man at this point) or because his actions were different than those around him. Paul reminds him (and us as well) that we are to stand firmly on the truth that is Jesus Christ.