Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bible Study Notes in Titus- Chapter 3

Titus 3

-Titus is reminded to remind his congregation (flock, those he has oversight over) “to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people (Titus 3:1-2).”

-*Application* This is a general list that represents the Christian fruits of the Holy Spirit. These things are impossible to do apart from the regenerational and transformational work of God in one’s life, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27). Live by the Holy Spirit, alive in Christ!

-The things that believers have been saved from is listed at this point (Titus 3:3). *Application* Before life in Christ we are all foolish, disobedient, led astray by the enemy and ourselves, slaves to various passions (sexual, lusts for power, materialism, etc.) and pleasures, passing our time in life with malice (evil intent), jealousy (envy), hating others and feeling like others hate us.

-*Application* This is not a good way to live is it? Turn to God and let these things of the world go. You’ll be really glad you did.

-There is no other passage in Scripture that is more precise in explaining what salvation is all about and how to achieve it than in this section (Titus 3:4-7). Let’s examine it a bit for our benefit and our expression to others in witnessing His Glorious work. First note that it is the Lord’s goodness and loving kindness appearing that makes salvation possible (vs. 4). Secondly, note that it is God who saves us and not we ourselves (vs. 5). Our righteousness the Word says is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Further, it is purely and solely on God’s mercy towards us that we can have right standing before Him (vs. 5). His mercy washes us who believe (Acts 16:31, Romans 4:24; 10:9) with the washing (bathing, baptism) of regeneration (rebirth, being made new, a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17) and renewal BY the Holy Spirit (vs. 5). This regeneration and renewal is made possible by the work of Jesus Christ our Savior who richly pours out His blessing of salvation on His beloved (vs. 6). Finally, we are justified by His grace and become heirs according to hope of eternal life (vs. 7).

-*Application* The message is very clear for us. Trust in Christ Jesus and His redemptive and atoning work on the cross to cover over sins with His blood and His miraculous resurrection from death to everlasting life and you will be transformed by the Holy Spirit of God. He loves us all that much! Be thankful and receive His Divine inheritance and favor forever!

-This is a trustworthy statement, and Paul wants his young minister to “insist on these things so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are good and profitable for people (Titus 3:8).” In other words, abide by these principles and appropriate them for the excellent life in Christ Jesus.

-Paul advises in his conclusion to the body of this letter that Titus avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the Law. He says these matters are unprofitable and worthless to talk about because Christ Jesus has overcome the Law and fulfilled it (Matthew 5:17). His remarks indicate that there is absolutely no point in arguing over legalistic matters because the covering of Christ is sufficient in His grace. In other words, it is a waste of time and energy to be concerned over such matters. Paul’s point is that relationship trumps theology when it comes to the Lord. “As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned (Titus 3:9-11).” *Application* God wants us to KNOW Him and His power in our lives. Correct theology and truth are vital, but they cannot save a person. Only a relationship with the Living God can do that. The Pharisees had extensive knowledge about God, but they missed Him completely when He came. Don’t ever let that happen in your life. Focus on His grace, love, and mercy and walk with Him.

-Paul now gives a few instructions at the ending of the letter for fruitfulness and sends greetings on behalf of all who are with him to all who are in the faith. He pronounces grace on them all as his final thought, which his usual for Paul (Titus 3:12-15).

Verses to Memorize- Titus 3:4-7, 10-11

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