Rob Elphick
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Paul draws attention to concepts that will be important in the letter: e.g. one's identity as a servant of God
Titus 1:1-4
One thing, two things: forgetting what's behind, and straining for what is ahead, for the full and final experience of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-4:1
Paul disciplined himself to treasure the gospel that he would share in it. The exodus fathers provided examples of turning from God.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
We now look to Him who has made us whole, and become more like Him. We are invited into the wholeness of which David speaks.
Psalms 15:1-5
Love is shown through diligence in managing your own affairs.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
Hebrews 3:1-6
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Titus - remind and insist
Titus 3:1-8
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
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Published May 22nd, 2016
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Christians are heirs with the hope of eternal life. This is all God's doing. We were corrupt and undeserving, but, in his mercy, he has cleansed us and given us new life and a new hope. This truth - what we were and what God has subsequently done - is the grounds for our behaviour towards others. Just as God did not respond to us according to our works, Christians are not to deal with others according to theirs. Let's dwell here; Because of God's merciful dealing with me and the resultant hope of eternal life, I should be: - submissive to those who have authority over me (e.g. at work) - obedient to the authorities - primed and prepared, equipped, for good works - speaking evil of no one - avoiding getting into petty arguments that go nowhere - gentle - perfectly courteous towards all people (e.g. with my family, at work, at church, in the shops etc. etc.) And teachers are to remind the people of these things - in fact, they need to drill their people in them (' insist on them' ) - so that they understand them and bear the fruit that is fitting. Christians need to be reminded of what they were (sinners), what they now are (heirs), how they got there (God's mercy through Christ), and how, consequently, they should live (humble doers of good). These truths are excellent for everyone.
Titus 3:1-8
Remind them
to be submissive
Content #1
to rulers and authorities,
to be obedient,
Content #2
to be ready
Content #3
for every good work,
to speak evil
Content #4
of no one,
to avoid quarreling,
Content #5
to be gentle,
Content #6
and to show perfect courtesy
Content #7
toward all people.
For we ourselves were once foolish,
led astray,
to various passions
and pleasures,
passing our days
in malice
and envy,
by others
and hating one another.
[...] when the goodness
and loving kindness ... appeared,
of God
our Savior
[But] he saved us,
not because of works
done by us
in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy,
by the washing
of regeneration
and renewal
of the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out on us richly
through Jesus Christ
[who is] our Savior,
so that being justified
by his grace
we might become heirs
according to the hope
of eternal life.
The saying is trustworthy,
and I want you
to insist
on these things,
so that those
who have believed
in God
may be careful
to devote themselves
to good works.
These things are excellent
and profitable
for people.
Know that you are heirs.
Christians need to be reminded of what they were, how they came to their new status and what that status is, and how they should therefore live.
How does 'according to his own mercy' work? According to would seem to denote a Standard, but could it also be a Ground. i.e. he saved us, because of his mercy.
God saved us because of his mercy, not because of our works.
Tim Minge
This is great! I'm preparing to preach through this passage this Sunday and find this very helpful. I may need to borrow some of this. Thanks!
Andy Hubert
Christians need to be reminded of what they were (sinners), what they now are (heirs), how they got there (God's mercy through Christ), and how, consequently, they should live (humble doers of good). ...
Good summary brother.
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