Titus 1:5-3:11-A Short Manual for Church Leadership (cont’d)
Titus 3:1-Respect the Government
Paul tells Timothy to remind church members to be…
• “subject to rulers, authorities, to be obedient”…Christians should be model citizens…showing respect for the fact that God ordained the institution of government (cf. Romans 13:1-9).
• “ready for every good deed”…Christians should actually look for opportunities to do good. Again, this is a positive reflection on Christ.
Titus 3:2-7-Treat Each Other with Mercy
Paul says that we are to use God’s attitude and practice towards us as a model for how we treat other people. Remember what we were like (:3)…and yet, God extended His kindness and love to us (:4). He didn’t save us because we were good people (:5a)…but because of an act of His own mercy (:5b). When He did this we received:
• “washing of regeneration”…This speaks of the infusion of new life, spiritual life that comes when we accept Christ as our Savior. At our new birth we are literally born again, born from above, born of the Spirit (cf. John 3:3-10). When we are born again…we are washed clean of our sins (cf. Ephesians 5:26-This is the only other place in the New Testament where this word “wash” is used.).
"new birth" (palin, "again," genesis, "birth"), is used of "spiritual regeneration," Tts 3:5, involving the communication of a new life, the two operating powers to produce which are "the word of truth," Jam 1:18; 1Pe 1:23, and the Holy Spirit, Jhn 3:5, 6; the loutron, "the laver, the washing," is explained in Eph 5:26, "having cleansed it by the washing (loutron) of water with the word."
The new birth and "regeneration" do not represent successive stages in spiritual experience, they refer to the same event but view it in different aspects. The new birth stresses the communication of spiritual life in contrast to antecedent spiritual death; "regeneration" stresses the inception of a new state of things in contrast with the old; hence the connection of the use of the word with its application to Israel, in Mat 19:28. Some regard the kai in Tts 3:5 as epexegetic, "even;" but, as Scripture marks two distinct yet associated operating powers, there is not sufficient ground for this interpretation.
See under EVEN.
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3824&t=NASB
• “renewing by the Holy Spirit”…
Renew, Renewing (Verb and Noun):
"to make new" (ana, "back" or "again," kainos, "new," not recent but different), "to renew," is used in the Passive Voice in 2Cr 4:16, of the daily renewal of "the inward man" (in contrast to the physical frame), i.e., of the "renewal" of spiritual power; in Col 3:10, of "the new man" (in contrast to the old unregenerate nature), which "is being renewed unto knowledge," RV (cp. No. 3 in Eph 4:23), i.e., the true knowledge in Christ, as opposed to heretical teachings.
"to renew, make young" (ana, as in No. 1, and neos, "recent," not different), is used in Eph 4:23, "be renewed (in the spirit of your mind)." The "renewal" here mentioned is not that of the mind itself in its natural powers of memory, judgment and perception, but "the spirit of the mind," which, under the controlling power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, directs its bent and energies Godward in the enjoyment of "fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ," and of the fulfillment of the will of God. The word is frequent in inscriptions and in the papyri.
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/Dictionary/viewTopic.cfm?topic=VT0002361
• “justified by His grace”…God, by a sovereign (self determined) act of His grace justifies us. That means that we are wholly and completely restored in our relationship with Him.
• “made heirs according to the hope of eternal life”…We become the children of God…and as such, receive all the benefits of being His children.
Titus 3:8-11-Reject False Teachers
Paul tells Titus that he can trust in the things that he has instructed him. He then instructs him to have nothing to do with men who want to argue and dispute over matters of the Law. And, when a man keeps trying to be argumentative…warn him two times to not practice such behavior. After that, if he continues to be divisive…refuse to have anything to do with him. He is not listening to Timothy as his Pastor and is acting sinfully.
Titus 3:12-15-Paul’s Closing Directions for Ministry
Paul gives Titus instructions to help others who are serving the Lord in their ministry. Then he tells him to instruct others to do the same…so that their lives will not be “unfruitful”…unproductive.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to have an attitude of grace towards others that is a reflection of the grace I have received from You.