Memory verses for this week:
124:8 Our help is in
the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
begin a new study on the book of Titus this week.
author of Titus is another book written by Paul.
It is believe to be have written a.d.
62–66 which is close to the same general period of time in which 1 Timothy was written, i.e., in
the period which elapsed between Paul’s first and second Roman
imprisonments. Titus may have been written from Macedonia or
Philippi. Paul was traveling to Nicopolis (3:12) where he was to
spend the winter and meet Titus. The recipient of this letter is
Paul’s young associate Titus. Mentioned thirteen times in the New
Testament, Titus is Paul’s young Greek convert who is often
overlooked in regard to his importance to the apostolic community.
I. Greetings to
Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the
truth which is after godliness;
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised
before the world began;
Paul greets Titus and begins the chapter discussing Godliness
in the church. He
speaks of himself as a bondman of God, one sent by the Lord Jesus
represents himself as one according to the faith of God’s elect.
The word “elect” means chosen.
Who make up the elect is one of those deeper topics of the
bible like predestination that are difficult to comprehend.
But if you are “in Christ”, you are one of the elect.
Paul writes concerning the true knowledge of the faith, which
is according to godliness.
In verse 2, it begins with “in hope of eternal life.”
Eternal life was promised in eternity past before the world
security we can have in this promise… It is God who made the
promise, the One who cannot lie.
We have security in our salvation that neither the world nor
Satan can take away. It
embraces all of mankind.
22:17 And the Spirit
and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let
him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water
of life freely.
6:13 For when God made
promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware
6:14 Saying, Surely
blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
6:15 And so, after he
had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
6:16 For men verily
swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end
of all strife.
6:17 Wherein God,
willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the
immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
6:18 That by two
immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we
might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay
hold upon the hope set before us:
6:19 Which hope we have
as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth
into that within the veil;
6:20 Whither the
forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for
ever after the order of Melchisedec.
But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching,
which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our
To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy,
and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our
Thank the Lord that God’s word is now manifested through
the preaching of the Gospel as authorized by command of God.
Titus was like Timothy in that he was saved under Paul’s
encourages Titus with things all Christians need… Grace, Mercy,
and Peace. There is no
peace outside of the Lord Jesus Christ.
57:19 I create the
fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him
that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
57:20 But the wicked
are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up
mire and dirt.
57:21 There is no
peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
Given for the Ordination of Elders
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set
in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every
city, as I had appointed thee:
Paul had left Titus in Crete for several reasons as verse 5
tells us. First, he was
to set in order the things that are wanting… in other words things
left undone. And
secondly, he was to ordain elders in every city as Paul had
Corinthians 12:28 And
God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of
healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
God sets ministers
in the church as it pleases him.
We know the first to be set in the church, the apostles, were
done during Christ’s personal ministry.
Many today believe the church was formed on the day of
Pentecost, but it had existed for some time prior to this.
They had already had a business meeting and elected a man to
replace Judas Iscariot. Also
the Lord had instituted the Lord’s Supper and sang with the
congregation fulfilling prophecy concerning how he would sing in the
church. God sets
things in the church as he chooses, all the way down to the members
4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting
of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the
body of Christ:
Pastors, Bishops, and teachers are all placed in the church
for the perfecting of the saints and to edify the body of Christ.
The pastor is to teach the Word and rules according to what
is in the bible.
13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken
unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of
13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that
they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is
unprofitable for you.
The pastor is the overseer of the church and has a command
from God to feed the sheep and the lambs.
20:28 Take heed
therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which
he hath purchased with his own blood.
21:15 So when
they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas,
lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou
knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He
saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou
me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He
saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he
said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him,
Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus
saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful
children not accused of riot or unruly.
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not
selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given
to filthy lucre;
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just,
We see the qualifications given for a pastor in the verses
beginning in verse 6. So
many churches totally ignore what God has set as his standards. A pastor is one who should be blameless.
This is not saying he lives totally sinless, but he lives
such a life that blame can not be placed on him.
He should be the husband of one wife and his children should
be well trained. He
should be a man of integrity with morals and conduct his life in an
orderly fashion. It
speaks of being a good steward of God in both his life and finances.
A man who is not self-willed and not soon angry.
He should also not be given to wine or being one who is quick
to a fight, and certainly one not given over to the love of money.
The love of money has caused some to err from the faith.
A pastor should never take the job of being a minister for
the money it pays.
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Peter 5:2
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the
oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy
lucre, but of a ready mind;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that
he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the
The man of God is to hold fast the faithful word he has been
taught. He is to be one
that makes up the ‘hedge’ as God’s Word puts it.
By knowing God’s Word and using sound doctrine, he is able
to exhort Christians and convince those who oppose God’s
teachings. (heretics and gainsayers).
J. Vernon McGee added this to the need for truly qualified
There were two things that an
officer should be able to do: (1) He should be able to exhort, that
is, to teach the Word of God; and (2) he must be able to confute or
refute the heretics. I feel that men who hold office in a church
should be Bible-trained men. During World War II we had what was
called “ninety-day wonders.” The army needed more officers and
so they put them through a short course in a hurry, and they came up
with some rather peculiar second lieutenants in those days. Remember
that Paul told Timothy to “lay hands suddenly on no man …” (1
Tim. 5:22). You are not to have a man converted one night, ask him
to give his testimony the next night, make him an officer in the
church on the third night, an evangelist on the fourth, and the
pastor of the church on the fifth night! We sometimes do things like
that today, and it is very unfortunate for the church. A church
officer should be able to stand on the Word of God and to give it
III. Reasons for Such High Qualifications
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,
specially they of the circumcision:
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses,
teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
The reason there are high qualifications for the ministry is
due to the fact that there are so many unruly and vain talkers and
deceivers in the world. Verse
11 says that their mouths need to be stopped, and that takes knowing
what you are saying, and then not just saying the things of God, but
also living their lives according to what they preach.
Just as we can’t tell our children to ‘do as I say, not
as I do’, and then expect success, neither can a pastor preach
accurately and then live ungodly. What we do always carries more weight than what we say.
And the two should be consistent.
Verse 11 says these deceivers subvert whole houses teaching
false things for money’s sake.
We see that today on some of the television ministries.
When the 800 number is coming up more than God’s Word,
beware of the teachers. I
know all ministries need money to carry on, but true ministries are
taken care of by God. They
do not have to solicit money every time their mouth opens.
Our tithes and offerings should go to our local church, not
to some far away man who you may never meet.
When you need a funeral preached or need help in your hour of
need, it will be your local pastor that supplies that need.
One who teaches for money would be considered a hireling.
And in John Chapter 10, it says the hireling cares not for
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own
the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and
fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13
The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth
not for the sheep.
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The
Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that
they may be sound in the faith;
Verse 12 says that one of the Cretians’ own prophets had
stated that they were liars, evil beasts, and slow bellies.
This report was true, and Titus was to rebuke them sharply. “Evil beasts” means the
Cretans were rude and cruel. “Slow bellies” means lazy gluttons.
Paul is not being very complimentary here, is he? But this is the
reputation they had in the Roman world of Paul’s day.
If we are to be sound in the faith, we have to believe
the whole Word of God and stand on it.
Those we teach will not be any stronger or better prepared
than what we accurately teach.
Titus was to know the Word and to teach the Cretians (and all
men) be sound in faith.
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men,
that turn from the truth.
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are
defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and
conscience is defiled.
Jewish fables and commandments of men will turn one away from
the truth. We
need to be careful what we study and be sure the author is a person
who is true to God’s Word. We
can learn error even more quickly than we can the truth of God’s
Word. Spend your time
predominantly in the Bible, and God will open your eyes to the truth
with much study of the Word. Those
who are true Christians and are pure in heart delight in things that
are accurate and pure. Those
that are defiled and unbelieving can never find things that suit
do not find delight in the truth, but their mind and conscience is
defiled. God help us to
walk according to the Holy Spirit and to seek after perfect and pure
things. Remember the
teachings of our Lord to the Samaritan woman at the well.
4:19 The woman saith
unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
4:20 Our fathers
worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the
place where men ought to worship.
4:21 Jesus saith unto
her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in
this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
4:22 Ye worship ye know
not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
4:23 But the hour
cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to
4:24 God is a Spirit:
and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him,
being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work
Verse 16 says that these people professed that they know God,
but in works they deny him.
God’s desire is for His people to walk in the light as He
is in the light. Those
that deny God will not be saved.
It says they are abominable, disobedient, and unto every good
Tim 3:1 This know also,
that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Tim 3:2 For men shall
be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Tim 3:3 Without natural
affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good,
Tim 3:4 Traitors,
heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Tim 3:5 Having a form
of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
7:21 Not every one that
saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
7:22 Many will say to
me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and
in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
7:23 And then will I
profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
John 1:6 If we say that
we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do
not the truth:
John 1:7 But if we walk
in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all
John 1:8 If we say that
we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
John 1:9 If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
John 1:10 If we say
that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in
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