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Titus A Case Study of The Importance of Embracing Godly Principles
~ TITUS: A Case Study in The Importance of Embracing Godly Principles ~
Titus is a marvelously succinct, brief, concise powerful and informative Pastoral Epistle written by the Apostle Paul. It is here one can discover some of the necessary intrinsic virtues and godly principles that are necessary in order to encourage others to become a part of the Body of Christ! The Church is made up of members from all over the world that forms the Body of Christ! We are the sheep and He is the Chief Shepherd! JESUS CHRIST is the great head of HIS Church! If you desire a role in leadership; here within Titus there is much spiritual wisdom to ponder.
If you want to live a holy life please read on. Paul was quite adamant that those desiring to lead must do so by example. It is important that we embrace the very principles that we teach! Titus contains a wealth of moral standards to help one become a wise, successful, gallant spiritual leader!
Paul astutely and judiciously preached the uncompromising “Good News Gospel” of Jesus Christ in Crete. Crete was well known for its pervasive blatant carnality. “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons. This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith …” Titus 1. Our souls are filters through which we perceive something to be good or evil. As we walk in obedience we become more conscious of what is right and what is wrong, The Light of the Lord becomes brighter. Here we can see that it is or will be times to be quite direct in presenting the Gospel, especially when it is quite evident that one is walking contrary to what the Word of God teaches. This is not to pass judgment but to incite others to be led by the Spirit rather than to walk in the works of the flesh.
It was important to Paul that they become sound in the Faith! There was still much work to do in and about Crete and Paul delegated the work of the ministry to Titus whom he trusted! The noted key verse in Titus: “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town as I have directed you.” Titus 1. There are many similarities between I Timothy and Titus. They both give wonderful instructions and illustrations on how to become an effective principled servant and leader. There is much information here in regards to the organizational structuring of the Church. Implementing and personally embracing moral fitness, integrity and Christian character are important.
Titus was a Greek believer who was faithful to the Word of God! Paul was well aware that in order for the Lord’s Church to continue to grow that its foundational teachings had to be built upon Jesus Christ! Titus was mentored, trained and nurtured by the Apostle Paul! He was one of Paul’s most trustworthy traveling missionary associates! Titus was sent to organize and oversee the growing Church in Crete! Paul complimentarily refers to Titus as being a “True Son!”
Crete is a rather historically interesting place that has a rich intriguing history. It is south from the mainland of Greece. Crete had such a substantial Jewish population at this time. This is possibly why they were able to receive protection from Rome. It was a plenteous, bountiful venue for Missionary work! Paul assigned Titus to appoint qualified Elders in every town where there was a Christian congregation. He was to complete the work that Paul had started.
Here in Titus we find the desired characteristics, qualifications and personality traits that one needed to become an elder. The term “elder” denotes that the person is qualified to wisely, teach, preach, proclaim and implement the principles of God’s Word within their own lives as well! Today it continues to remain debatable for some if a woman can be an elder. One needs to only familiarize themselves with the Scriptures to see that it was a woman who actually was the first to run and tell the “Good News Gospel” that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead! “When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the eleven and to ALL the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others that were with them that told the Apostles…” Luke 24.
The knowledge of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is essentially imperative for Christians! It is a marvelous extraordinary demonstration of authority and power to the principalities that be in both Heaven and earth. Jesus Christ conquered sin, death and the grave. The Word of God is infallible and foolproof! This is not a fairy tale… Jesus Christ actually was crucified on the cross, and then placed in a borrowed tomb! He triumphantly rose from the dead after being in the grave for three days. He then arose victoriously with all power! When you truly accept Jesus Christ into your heart you are given the gift of Eternal Life and the benefits of Salvation. Upon the professing of our faith, belief and trust in God we receive His Holy Spirit. He resides within us! The Comforter is the internal, eternal Spiritual Teacher and Guide that can direct us to ALL TRUTH! We no longer have to live in bondage by the proclivity towards sin that was welcomed into the world via Adam & Eve. We can call upon Him 24/7 to "SAVE" us from the power of sin reigning within our lives! Sin is anything that separates us from God and allows us to fall short and “miss the mark.”
Embracing the principles of God’s Word is the authority by which the Church can effectively witness to the world! We cannot of ourselves be saved. It must come through our acceptance and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord. The Gospel will and can transform your life. As believers we are to uphold the Word of God as Sacred & Holy! It is here in this marvelous book of Titus Paul, outlines and gives us the necessary qualifications to organize, properly maintain as well as oversee a congregation of believers.
There was much of the world still existing within the Church at Crete! There were many devout Jews who still did not accept that Jesus Christ had come in the flesh. Titus was assigned to be on the lookout for the false doctrines that were being taught in error. This still remains the same in many of our congregations today. The opinions of others should never override the “Gospel” Nor should monetary gain be the motivating desire or the need to have authority over others be the driving force behind any ministry! God promises to “supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus our Lord…” The spiritual blessings are unlimited and they are priceless! This is why it always will be so very important to develop and ongoing up close personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through His Word! You can only teach and embrace sound doctrine by knowing the Word of God for yourself. A strong believer and effective teacher or one who proclaims the Good News Gospel of the Lord’s Word must be rooted and grounded in the FAITH!
Paul begins the Epistle to Titus by asserting a complimentary salutation: “To Titus my true son in our common FAITH: Grace and Peace from God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” Titus 1. Here from the very beginning Paul embarks by expressing his desire for Titus to carry out and complete the work of the ministry that he had started. The need for qualified Elders to be appointed was of the utmost priority! The listed qualifications of fidelity, patience, self-control, honesty, meekness, commitment and obedience to God’s Word are evident.
As a matter a fact Paul makes a brutal statement. “For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced; because they are ruinning whole households by teaching things they ought not teach and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of your own prophets has said that Cretans are all liars…” Titus 1
Paul knew that Titus’ journey would be tedious. His calling to the Church in Crete would not be without difficulties, disagreements or persecution! He reminded him of the importance of embracing and modeling the very principles he taught! He was to be led by the Spirit of the Lord! It is through the redemptive work of the Lord we have the benefit of the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus! The Holy Spirit continually washes away our sins and renews us as we repent of any sin and walk in obedience in accordance with the principles of His Word!
Paul warns Titus not to get pulled in and bogged down by arguing the Truth of the Gospel. There were those who sought to be very divisive. This persists today as well. There are those who will do whatever it is that they feel is necessary, and go so far to manipulate others to submit to them. This goes against what God has said! We are to encourage others to draw closer to the Lord. When we assemble together it should be to worship the Lord "In Spirit and in Truth", hear the Word of God, fellowship and grow closer to the Lord, then share our belief with others! We are held accountable to God for all our actions. God is totally aware of all of our motives. This is why it is so important that we spend time with the Lord daily! God does not need us! We all need Jesus Christ as our personal Savior! He is the only Way to the Father!
It is here in Titus we are presented with the qualifications of an Elder. We are not to compromise the Word of God! There was some serious problems within the Church at Crete. Many false teachers and teachings were “ruining households.” Paul urged Titus to teach “sound doctrine!” The love between husband and wife and family life was important! He taught the older men & women, younger men & women the morals, principles and virtues of living a godly self-controlled life. Just look at the many households today that have become divided! God's design for marriage has not changed. He allows us the freedom to choose but there are consequences for our choices! If you want your marriage and or family to flourish apply or begin applying the principles of God's Word to your life. God will meet you wherever you are and can take you where you need to be! It is never too late to start anew! Christianity is meant to be a daily lifestyle. Customs and traditions change but the principles of the Word of God remains the same. “It will not return void.”
Divisiveness to gain control over others is contrary to the Word of God. It results in confusion, anger, frustration, and hurt! It hinders spiritual growth and also renders one ineffective in their ability to properly minister to others as God intended! “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless, Warn a devisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him (her). You are sure that such a man (woman) is warped and sinful; he (she) is self-condemned.” Titus 3.
"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..." Jude 3. God really does know what is best for each of us! As long as the Lord has us here on this side of Heaven it is to learn, grow spiritually and live our lives to please Him! There is always room for improvement. We are all forever “becoming!”
It is God that qualifies those that He calls. We are not to be; overbearing, quick tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, and one that does not pursue dishonest gain. We are to be; self-controlled, hospitable, upright & Holy. This does not mean that we can not have anything because God has many blessings in store for us as we seek Him above all else. Being holy does not mean being flawless... It means that God expects us to hold fast to the teachings of His Word and sin less! We must put things in their proper perspective! Many often confuse being Holy with being above others. Saints are supposed to embrace holiness! Being Holy means that we are consecrated and set apart for God! We are dedicated and committed to living our lives to please Him above all others! "To whom much is given, much is required..!"
The Gospel stands on its own merit. Titus is a rich invigorating, astute Epistle of vital and treasured infallible Scriptures that should be embraced! It contains a wealth of enriching, powerful, enlightening inspirational spiritual wisdom! Here you can discover vital Biblical principles of integrity for problem solving, daily living, being a responsible effective Christian leader and the work of the ministry! With God, "ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!" as or when we continually allow HIS Holy Spirit to renew our hearts! ~ “To GOD be the GLORY!” ~