Greetings and peace to all readers. In the last post I spoke about the setting in which Titus was assigned as Bishop. To strengthen the focus that elders/Bishops need to be mature and sound in the word, I would like to briefly summarize four instructions given by Paul for setting things in order. Basically, Paul instructed Titus to set things in order/clear up the confusion by:

1. rebuking false teachers with all authority – Titus 1: 13, 2: 15.

2. Teaching sound doctrine in order to produce good works among the believers – Titus 2: 1; 3: 8.

3. Setting a good example – Titus 2: 7, 8; 3: 14.

4. Avoiding foolish debates and other unsound arguments – Titus 3: 9.

Much emphasis was placed on teaching the believers the truth that would enable them to produce good fruit/good works. Good fruit give evidence of the presence of the Lord in the believer’s life and is still relevant today. Titus was to teach all age groups:

a. the aged men to be “sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience” (Titus 2: 2).

b. the aged women to whom he should delegate the responsibility of teaching the young women:

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2: 3-5).

c. the young men “to be sober minded.” (Titus 2: 6).

d. Employees were to be taught to “… be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” (Titus 2: 9, 10)

e. All believers were to be taught to deny “ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2: 12, 13).

f. All believers are to be taught to obey the laws of the land (Titus 3: 1)

g. Paul told Timothy to disfellowship anyone who refused to adhere to the teachings after two warnings (Titus 3: 10). In other words, believers are not to fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. This is a rather strong line of action to take, but even satan lived in the very presence of God and was cast out of heaven and disfellowshiped after rebelling.

This letter to Timothy clearly tells us that God expects believers to live lives that are congruent with the teachings of scripture. Anyone, even prophets, who profess to know God, but deny Him in works, should be reproved strongly and corrected. How well are we doing today? May God help us as we strive to produce believers who are living examples of the life of the Lord Jesus. Blessings!