Titus 2: 1-16, Christian relationships
VV 1-5, 1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things, 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Paul spelled out proper Christian relationships according to sound doctrine. The older men should not be drunk with wine, respectful, calm, faithful, loving, and patient. The older women should be respectful, not slanderers, and not be drunk with wine. She should teach younger women to love their husbands and children and be good, discreet, chaste, and obedient housewives.
VV 6-10, 6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. 9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Young men should not be drunk with wine, be above reproach in character, sound in doctrine, respectful, incorruptible, and graceful in speech. Slaves should obey to obey
and not pilfer their master’s goods.
VV 11-15, 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
People are saved by the grace of God. Christians should stay away from ungodliness and lust, not be drunk with wine, live righteous and godly lives in the present age while anticipating the second coming of Christ. Greek for appearing is “epiphanes”, which means manifest or become visible. The glorious appearing of Christ speaks of His second coming. Christ gave Himself for us on the cross to redeem us from sin. Paul encouraged Titus to encourage, and correct the people under his care with authority and allow no one to despise him.
As Christians, we should not be drunk with wine, respectful, calm, faithful, loving, and patient. We should be above reproach in character, sound in our doctrine, and graceful in our speech. Christian employees should obey and not pilfer their employer’s goods. Christians should live righteous and godly life.
Heavenly Father, we acknowledged that scripture is the Your inspired, infallible, and inerrant words to us. Sanctify us by Your Word of truth so that we will know the truth and the truth will set us free, in Jesus’ name, Amen.