Titus 2:11-2:14

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Text: Titus 2:11-14

Aim: To show the reason why a right kind of conduct is necessarily insisted upon by Paul.

THE BLESSED HOPE

INTRODUCTION:

Paul visited the island of Crete after his release from his first Roman imprisonment, and when he went elsewhere, he left Titus there to carry on the work of establishing the churches and correcting some of their errors.

The churches were unorganized.

The church members were careless in their behavior.

Titus was to set in order the things which needed correcting.

Titus was to appoint the right kind of pastors. He was to get the right kind of leadership.

Titus was also to speak the things which become sound doctrine. This means that he was to be asserting the things which are suitable for correct doctrine. Correct doctrine issues in correct living.

1. The older men - v. 2

Sober with regard to wine

Grave, i.e. worthy of respect or honor

Temperate, i.e. prudent, thoughtful, self-controlled

Sound in faith, i.e. correct in the doctrines of Christianity

Sound in patience, i.e. correct in the patience (i.e. steadfastness) found in God's Word.

2. The older women - v. 3

They are to be in behavior as is befitting a holy person, as is worthy of reverence

Not false accusers, i.e. slanderous

Not given to much wine

Teachers of good things

Teachers or examples to the younger women

3. The younger women - v. 4-5

Sober, i.e. of sound mind

Loving their husbands

Loving their children

Discreet, i.e. prudent, thoughtful, self-controlled

Chaste = pure, holy, modest

Keepers at home = domestic, keeping at home and taking care of household affairs

Obedient to their own husbands, i.e. submissive or subordinated

4. The younger men - v. 6

Soberminded = of sound mind, reasonable, sensible

5. A man of God - v. 7-8, 15

A pattern of good works in all things

In doctrine or teaching showing integrity, dignity, incorruptibility, sound teaching which cannot be censured.

Speak, exhort, rebuke with all authority

Let no man despise, i.e. no one may disregard him

6. Slaves

Obedient to their own masters

Pleasing their masters well in all things

Not answering again, i.e. speaking against, contradicting, opposing, refusing

Not purloining, i.e. embezzling

Showing all good fidelity, i.e. demonstrating all good faithfulness or reliability

In Titus 2:11-14 , we see why it is necessary for believers to have this right kind of conduct which the Apostle Paul has been insisting upon in Titus 2:1-10 .

I. THE GRACE OF GOD HAS APPEARED TO ALL MEN - 2:11

Titus 2:11 - (11) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Grace = unmerited favor

Grace was originally an act of kindness done for a friend. In the New Testament it became an act of kindness done for an enemy.

The grace . . . that bringeth salvation (or deliverance) is the grace, i.e. the delivering grace, the saving grace

Appeared = speaks of an epiphany

Also used in Titus 2:13 and 3:4

Titus 2:13 - Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Titus 3:4 - But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.

This grace of God that brings salvation which has appeared is a reference to the person and work of Christ.

Cf. II Corinthians 5:9 , 15 - (9) Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. (15) And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

II. THE GRACE OF GOD TEACHES US HOW WE SHOULD NOT LIVE IN THIS PRESENT AGE - 2:12A

Titus 2:12 a - (12) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. . . .

1. We are to deny ungodliness.

Deny = renounce or repudiate - its tense indicates a decisive action done once and for all time

Ungodliness = godlessness, impiety in thought and act. It is a lack of reverence toward God.

2. We are to deny worldly lusts

Lusts = desires, longings. When used in a bad sense as it is here, it is understood as lusts or cravings.

Worldly = pertaining to the world which is at enmity with God.

Cf. James 4:4 - Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

III. THE GRACE OF GOD TEACHES US HOW WE SHOULD LIVE IN THIS PRESENT AGE - 2:12b-14

Titus 2:12-14 - (12) Teaching us that . . . we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (14) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

1. We are to live soberly.

Soberly = moderately, showing self-control

2. We are to live righteously.

Righteously = uprightly

3. We are to live godly.

godly = in a godly manner

4. We are to be looking for the blessed hope.

The blessed hope is the appearing of the glory of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a reference to the rapture.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 - 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

I Corinthians 15:51-58 - 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

CONCLUSION:

Since Christ gave Himself for us to purify us as a people for Himself, as a people who are zealous of good works, we should seek to live our lives for Him. We should be careful to order our conduct aright. Our good works should be in response to the grace of God.

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This sermon is the 5th part of the series, Study of Titus. Other sermons in this series are: