But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Introduction: Last week in our study of Chapter 2, we covered some of the
duties of the young and old members of the church. We discussed the importance of mentoring and letting
the older members guide the younger members in how to live and raise
their families. Paul
closed encouraging Titus to turn from lusts and things of the world,
and to stand for the things of God. We finish our study on Titus
this week as we cover Chapter 3.
Our Attitude Toward our Government
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers,
to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
God teaches us to be subject to our government and to obey
the laws of the land. We
are to be subject to the local principalities and powers as well as
our national government. We
realize that these powers are ordained by God.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there
is no power but of God: the
powers that be are ordained of God.
The only time we are not to obey our government is when it is
contrary to the will of God. An
excellent example is the law that allows a woman to have an abortion
legally in the United States.
God’s law expressly forbids murder, so Christians should
not only take advantage of abortion, but should speak out vocally
against it. I was
proud that President Bush called for the stoppage of harvesting
brain stem cells from aborted babies.
God help a nation that would kill one person in order that
another might live. If
they will kill babies, soon it will be the older and disabled people
who are deemed unnecessary.
Remember when Peter and some of the other apostles were
brought before the high priest and told that they had been told not
to speak in the name of Jesus.
Peter told them the truth when he said:
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought
to obey God rather than men.
The end of verse 1 says we are to be ready for every good
work. For us to
be ready to do a good work, we must first live a separated Christian
2 Timothy 2:21
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a
vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and
prepared unto every good work.
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle,
showing all meekness unto all men.
Titus was instructed to speak evil of no man.
Can you remember following this command all week.
Was there not a single day when you had a negative thing
spoken against someone. This is hard, but we are to be positive people and live sober
and righteous lives that glorify the Lord.
It says we should be no brawler, but rather gentle and meek
unto all men. Some
think a meek man is a weak man, but this is not true.
A true Christian that lives the way God desires is one of the
strongest people on the face of the earth.
It doesn’t take anything to live like the world, but it
takes a real woman or man to live for the Lord.
Condition When We Were Lost
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient,
deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and
envy, hateful, and hating one another.
All men are guilty of sin.
And Paul reminds Titus how that we were at one time in our
lives foolish and disobedient and being deceived by Satan.
Not serving the Lord, but serving Satan and following after
the lusts and pleasures of sin.
Many want you to believe that there is no pleasure in sin,
but there is great pleasure. The
problem is that it is short lived, and then the sin has a price that
has to be paid. Thank
God for Jesus who died and paid the penalty for sin.
Paul says we were living in malice and envy and hating one
some were like this, but now have been freed from the penalty of sin
because of Jesus Christ’s great sacrifice there on Calvary.
In Ephesians, we read where we were dead in trespasses and
sin, walking according to the course of this world.
2:1 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.
3:10 As it is written,
There is none righteous, no, not one:
3:11 There is none that
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
3:23 For all have
sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
3:24 Being justified
freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
3:25 Whom God hath set
forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare
his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through
the forbearance of God;
6:5 For if we have been
planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in
the likeness of his resurrection:
6:6 Knowing this, that
our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be
destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
6:7 For he that is dead
is freed from sin.
6:8 Now if we be dead
with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
6:9 Knowing that Christ
being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more
dominion over him.
6:10 For in that he
died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto
8:1 There is therefore
now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
8:2 For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin
8:3 For what the law
could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his
own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin
in the flesh:
8:4 That the
righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
8:5 For they that are
after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are
after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
through Jesus Christ
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour
toward man appeared,
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;
What great love God showed to man when He sent Jesus Christ
to earth to pay the penalty for our sins.
God loved us so much and gave the ultimate gift in His only
3:16 For God so
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
said that there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his
life for his friends. That
is exactly what Christ did for us. He loved us when were unloveable and the enemies of
love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
is not by works as we have studied several times over the past few
is a gift from God. Verse
5 says it was according to God’s mercy that he saved us.
By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy
Ghost. Our new
birth when we were born again was not according to the will of man
but of God.
1:13 Which were
born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of
man, but of God.
Vernon McGee had this to say about verses 4 and 5.
“Not by works of
righteousness which we have done.” Verse 3 gave us a picture of
how we were before we came to know Christ. It is important to
understand that becoming a Christian doesn’t mean just turning
over a new leaf—you will find yourself writing on the new leaf the
same things that you wrote on the old leaf. Making New Year’s
resolutions and promising to do better doesn’t make you a
Christian. Nor are you saved on the basis of works of righteousness,
good deeds, which you have done.
according to his mercy he saved us.” Because Christ died for us
and paid the penalty for our sins, God is prepared to extend mercy
to us; it is according to His mercy that He saved us. And He
is rich in mercy, which means He has plenty of it. Whoever
you are, He can save you today because Christ died for you. He paid
the penalty and makes over to you His righteousness!
washing of regeneration.” “Washing” means laver—it is
the laver of regeneration. In the Old Testament the laver, which
stood in the court of the tabernacle and later the temple,
washing of regeneration is what the Lord was speaking about in the
third chapter of John:
“… Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot
enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.
Salvation was shed abundantly upon us through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Jesus
said he came that we might have true life, and a more abundant life.
10:10 The thief cometh
not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that
they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Verse 7 we are justified not by anything we have done, but
rather by His grace. And
because we are saved, we have become heirs according to the hope of
eternal life. Jesus
Christ is the true Heir, and we become joint-heirs with Him when we
8:17 And if children,
then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that
we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Should Maintain Good Works
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
So many times we talk about how works have nothing to do with
salvation, I think we forget that we ordained unto good works when
we are saved. God
expects us to work for Him, and we do it out of love and gratitude
for what He has done for us. Not
in order to obtain salvation or to keep our salvation.
We are kept by the sealing power of the Holy Spirit.
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.
By letting others see our good works, we glorify the Father.
Our example either helps or hinders others who may not know
5:16 Let your light so
shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven.
18:19 A brother
offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their
contentions are like the bars of a castle.
We need to realize how we act before others has a lot to do
about how people view God and whether they desire to be like us.
We should live righteously and exemplify Christ in
everything we do.
Here are a list of good works we all should strive to do:
Attend Church and S/S each week.
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but
exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day
Attend the mid-week service of your church.
Tithe out of your income
Go on visitation and try to reach the lost.
Read your bible every day and pray for the lost and those in
V. Things That
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and
contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable
A man that is an heretic after the first and second
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being
condemned of himself.
We are commanded to avoid foolish questions.
There are many that live to find some unusual thing to
someone is trying to destroy your faith and you can tell they are a
heretic, it says to reject that person after we try to admonish them
the second time. That
is not to say we should not still pray for them, but we are not to
let those who reject God’s word sway us one little bit.
It says those that are subverted and sin are condemned of
The King James Study Bible said this about verses 10 and 11.
A heretic was originally one who caused divisions or
factions, but later the word emphasized such a person’s peculiar
or unorthodox beliefs. Therefore, heretics and schismatics are to be
rejected. As in all his epistles, Paul urges fidelity to the
3:10. The word
heresy literally means “choosing one’s own ideas,” but
now refers to that which is untrue. Even the New Testament church
had false or heretical teachers who taught erroneous doctrine. Some
epistles were specifically written to combat them (e.g., Galatians,
2 Thessalonians). Paul warned the Romans against identifying with
those who promoted divisive, heretical teachings (Rom. 16:17). He
advised Titus to reject heretics if they did not respond after two
warnings (v. 10). John warned that a heretic should not be admitted
into a Christian’s home (2 John 1:10).
Plans for Winter
When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent
to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey
diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
Paul had plans to send either Artemas or Tychicus to Crete to
relieve Titus. Titus
was to meet Paul in Nicopolis and they were to winter there. He also gives Titus instructions to bring the lawyer Zenas
with him as well as Apollos.
VII. Desire to
Maintain Good Works
And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary
uses, that they be not unfruitful.
All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in
the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Paul wanted Titus to teach the Christians to always maintain
good works. God wants
us to be fruitful Christians, bearing fruit each month.
If we never lead a soul to the Lord or make efforts to reach
the lost, we are not being fruitful.
13:6 He spake also this
parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and
he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
13:7 Then said he unto
the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come
seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why
cumbereth it the ground?
13:8 And he answering
said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig
about it, and dung it:
13:9 And if it bear
fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
Internet Bible Studies are prepared and
distributed free of charge. The
lessons may not be sold without consent.
If you have questions or wish to discuss the lessons, or
possibly need help in finding Jesus Christ as your Personal Lord and
Savior, contact David Parham at 940-322-4343.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that
shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Practice Random Acts of Kindness.
Each act spreads, and many will be blessed.