A new season is here and we start a new season of chapel with a new book. During the off season I was asked about Titus and it is such a great book I thought that would be a great place to spend some time, so let’s get going on it.
In this book we are going to see the veteran talking with the young person much like the veteran driver with the rookie. Both sides need to understand their roles and adhere to them to make it work and successful. What makes it work? Both in racing and in spiritual life and life in general it takes a good teacher and a good learner. The teacher has to have patience and be able to show the how and why’s. The learner must listen and then do what is taught. Now, let’s listen in and study the book of Titus with that in mind that we are the learners.
Chapter 1, verse One
Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
Paul is the writer and we get to know that right away. In some of the books of the Bible the author is not clear but not here. Paul is the author. There is a lot we can know about Paul. He grow up as a powerful person. His father was an official and he was well educated and on his way up the ranks of religious, Jewish leadership. He was Saul and trained under Gamaliel, a great teacher. He was a Pharisee and hated Christians as we see in Acts 7 and Steven’s death. Paul has a grand conversation on the road to Damascus. Now go forward several years and Paul is in prison in Rome for preaching the gospel and in 64AD he writes Titus a young man he placed in eldership.
Let’s take note of the opening few words. Paul, a bond-servant of God. That is a poor translation. It should read, Paul a slave of God. Now we have a picture of it. We should be striving to be a slave to and under God. Are you? Do you know what that looks like? I recommend “Slave” by John MacArthur. He gives a good read on the Bible and what God says about us being slaves. Don’t miss it. A slave is one that has surrendered to a master, a lord. We are to surrender to Jesus Christ our Master and LORD. We are to follow instructions and do what is said not go our own way. I would be glad to talk to you more about this.
Paul moves on to, “an apostle of Jesus Christ”. First, what is an apostle? They are one that has seen Jesus and has been sent forth with orders or a message. Why did Paul qualify as an apostle? Because he saw the risen LORD as we see in Acts. Who is Paul an apostle to? Jesus Christ. We will all follow someone or something. Here at the race track we see that often. There are drivers and trophies that are chased, that are looked to. This should cause us to pause and think what are we chasing, who are we following? Who and what are we most looking for answers and guidance from? What drives us daily? This is a serious thing. We need to stop and really think about this daily as we can fall into a trap so easily.
Next we see, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness. Here is some powerful, doctrine strong words. What can we see here? “Faith” is believing something to be true even though it is not seen. Jesus’ resurrection was not seen by you and I but it was and he was seen by over 500. Jesus is the object of our faith and our salvation. He died for our sin and rose. This is the gospel. You and I are sinners and we need a Savior, more than that a ruler and master and LORD over us. We are lost and going right towards the flames of hell without Jesus. So where will you place your faith? In who and in what and why? Don’t miss out.
Stop and think about the knowledge of truth. This reminds us of John 14:6 where Jesus tells us he IS truth. In the same verse He makes clear that He is the one and only way to the Father, heaven, salvation like we see in Acts 4:12.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
It is a powerful truth yet what is next could be even more powerful and very much a truth that has been debated in Theological circles yet so clear right here and in other sections of Scriptures.
Those chosen of God. Here is a clear example that God predestines, He chooses, those He elects for salvation. Eklektos is best translated “elect” instead of “chose”. I don’t know how anyone can wiggle around this truth clearly stated here. It reminds me of the team that goes into tech and the rule is clear and yet they debate and get frustrated with the tech crew. They might be convinced they are right but deep down they have to know, “Oh man, we are busted. We crossed the line. We broke the rules.” The doctrine of election is one that stands firm. Ephesians 1:4 tells is that God’s election was prior to the foundation of the world.
And the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness. Knowledge, truth, godliness are all found here. Do you ask the LORD for knowledge of the truth? How about godliness? We should, We should be seeking this and pursuing it with all of our focus and time. This should produce change, much change. There should be a focus to study well on our own and then importantly in groups of men and in church.