Thoughts on Titus

Introduction: For the past eleven weeks (77 days) my friend Mrs. G. and I have been reading through the new testament.  It has been a new experience for me–reading the books so quickly.  For some of the books I’ve decided to write a journal and/or blog entry on.  In each books post I’ll give the basic background info of the book, verses that stand out to me, and some of my thoughts regarding those verses.

Paul, in Rome, wrote this book to his friend Titus circa A.D. 64.  He wrote the letter to encourage the church in Crete to do good works.  Chapter 1 has instructions for Titus.  Chapters 2 and 3 are about Living the Faith.  Chapter 3 has final instructions.

Underlined verses (NIV 1984):

Titus 1:1-3 “1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, …”

Titus 2:4-5 “4 Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 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.”

Titus 2:11-14 “11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 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.”

Titus 3:4-8 “4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 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.”

A lot of things stand out to me just in these first 3 verses.  First Paul is a servant of God.  Secondly that knowledge of truth leads to godliness. –What does this knowledge include and rest upon?– faith and hope of eternal life which is promised by God.  Thirdly, God does not lie.  Fourthly that God is our savior.  Wow, we’ve only read the first three verses of this small book and found enough statements to “chew on” for quite a while.

1. If there is a God who made and holds the universe in His hands, shouldn’t we all be His servants–just like Paul?  God gives us everything–life, blessings, trials, even His love–we owe our every breath to serving Him.

Thinking Question: Do I spend my every word, thought, and deed to please God–or am I living for myself?  I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not do this 24/7.  The greatest commandment is: Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

[Will write more later.  This’s good for now. 🙂 ]