Titus 3:1-3:15

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Text: Titus 3

Aim: To show how one's behavior should change when he becomes a Christian.

EXHORTATIONS TO GODLY LIVING

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, and the church members were quite careless in their behavior.

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

Titus was to appoint the right kind of pastors.

Titus was to assert the sort of living which was appropriate for correct teaching because Christ gave Himself for us to purify us as a people for Himself, as a people who are zealous of good works. Therefore, we should seek to live our lives for Him. We must maintain good works in response to the grace of God.

The Cretans were like everyone else. They were stubborn, self-willed, and unsubmissive. In Titus 3 , we see some exhortations to godly living. They show how a person should change when he becomes a Christian.

I. THE LIFESTYLE OF BELIEVERS IS TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THE LIFESTYLE OF UNBELIEVERS - 3:1-2

Titus 3:1-2 - (1) Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, (2) To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

Put them in mind = cause them to remember

To be subject means to be subordinated to or to obey

Principalities = rulers, authorities

Powers = human authorities, officials, government

To obey magistrates = to obey (or to be obedient) to rulers (or to superiors)

To be ready to every good work = to be prepared for every good work

Doing good works is to be the habit of every believer; and believers should always be ready to do more because they have been created in Christ Jesus unto good works; and it has been ordained that they should walk, i.e. live, in them, i.e. in good works (Ephesians 2:10 ).

To speak evil of no man = to injure the reputation of nobody, to defame nobody

To be no brawlers = to be peaceable, to not be contentious

(To be) gentle = gentle, kind, yielding

(To be) showing = demonstrating

All meekness = all gentleness, humility, courtesy, considerateness

Men = generic term and includes females as well as males

II. THE LIFESTYLE OF UNBELIEVERS IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE - 3:3

Titus 3:3 - (3) For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful,and hating one another.

Sometimes = formerly

Foolish = unintelligent - spiritually unenlightened

Disobedient = unable to be persuaded

Deceived = misled, deluded

Serving = serving as slaves

Divers = various

Lusts = wicked longings (or desires or cravings)

Pleasures = (evil) pleasures, lusts

Living = spending our lives in

Malice = desire to injure; it denotes a vicious disposition

Envy = envy, jealousy

Hateful = hated or detestable

Hating one another = detesting (or abhorring) one another

Ephesians 2:1-3 - (1) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

How does one change?

1. By being saved

II Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2. By submitting our hearts and minds to the Scriptures

Romans 12:1-2 - (1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

II Corinthians 3:18 - But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Galatians 5:22-23 - (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

III. THE LIFESTYLE OF UNBELIEVERS IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE BECAUSE GOD HAS SAVED US - 3:4-5

Titus 3:4-5 - (4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, (5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

1. After that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared.

After that = when

Kindness = goodness or generosity

And = even, indeed

Love of God our Savior toward man = God the Father's love for mankind, God the Father's loving kindness

This kindness and love for mankind made its appearance when Christ died on the cross and paid for our sins.

2. Not by works of righteousness which we have done

Ephesians 2:8-9 - 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

3. According to His mercy He saved us

Ephesians 2:4-5 - 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

4. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost

Washing of regeneration = cleansing of the new birth

John 3:1-7 - 1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

And = even, indeed

Renewing of the Holy Ghost = renewal produced by the Holy Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit who regenerates believers, Who causes them to be born again.

IV. THE LIFESTYLE OF UNBELIEVERS IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE BECAUSE GOD HAS POURED OUT THE HOLY SPIRIT UPON US - 3:6

Titus 3:6 - (6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Shed = poured out

Abundantly = richly

It indicates that God was not skimpy when He poured out the Holy Spirit. He gave us all there is of the Holy Spirit, and we need not spend our time looking for more. The problem is not that believers need more of the Holy Spirit but that He needs more of them. They are not fully yielded to Him and His control.

Through Jesus Christ our Savior indicates how God the Father poured out the Holy Spirit. It is through the person and work of Christ. As a result of being saved, every believer automatically receives God the Holy Spirit. He takes up residence in the believer and permanently indwells him until the day of his death or the rapture, whichever comes first.

V. THE LIFESTYLE OF UNBELIEVERS IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE BECAUSE GOD HAS MADE US HEIRS OF ETERNAL LIFE - 3:7

Titus 3:7 - (7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

That being justified by his grace = in order that having been declared righteous by God the Father's grace

We should be made heirs = we might become heirs

According to the hope of eternal life = with reference to the expectation of eternal life; it means that at the instant of our salvation we became heirs of eternal life, i.e. that we inherited eternal life.

VI. THE LIFESTYLE OF BELIEVERS MUST INCLUDE GOOD WORKS - 3:8

Titus 3:8 - (8) This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Galatians 6:10 - As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

VII. BELIEVERS MUST AVOID UNPROFITABLE MATTERS - 3:9

Titus 3:9 - (9) But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

1. Foolish (stupid) questions

2. Genealogies

3. Contentions (wranglings)

4. Strivings (fightings, quarrels, disputes, battles) about the law

VIII. BELIEVERS MUST AVOID SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON HERETICS - 3:10-11

Titus 3:10-11 - (10) A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; (11) Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

Heretic = schismatic, factious, follower of false doctrine

Admonition = instruction or warning

Reject means to refuse someone and suggests that they are to be shunned or avoided.

The implication inherent in the verse is that, if, in spite of these two warnings, there is no change of mind or practice and no apparent improvement, then Titus is to quit wasting his time with this heretic and invest his time more profitably with others. Certainly, if some progress is made, more than two instructions may be given. The reason for this limitation is so that Titus will not waste his time working with someone who will not listen when there are many people who are open to his instruction.

Subverted means is turned aside or is perverted.

He sinneth, i.e. he misses (or is missing) the mark. He is doing wrong.

Being condemned of himself means and is self-condemned.

IX. BELIEVERS MUST BE DILIGENT IN THEIR CHRISTIAN SERVICE - 3:12

Titus 3:12 - (12) When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.

X. BELIEVERS MUST BE HELPFUL TO FELLOW-BELIEVERS - 3:13

Titus 3:13 - (13) Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.

XI. BELIEVERS MUST MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS FOR NECESSARY USES IN ORDER TO BE FRUITFUL - 3:14

Titus 3:14 - (14) And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

One must maintain himself, his family, and other Christians unable to help themselves.

CONCLUSION:

Titus 3:15 - (15) All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

We have seen how the unsaved act. We have see that, when we were saved, God performed a miracle in our lives to make us different on the inside. Now as we dedicate ourselves to study and obey the Word of God, we will find the Holy Spirit producing these Christ-like qualities in us. Let's stop being conformed to the world, and let's be renewing our minds daily so that this fruit of the Spirit will be produced in our lives.

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This sermon is the 6th part of the series, Study of Titus. Other sermons in this series are: