In contrast to what false teachers say, Titus must “speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine” (v. 1), namely how Christians of different life situations must live as Christians (vv. 2-10). The foundation for living this way is the grace of God that saves all kinds of lost souls (v. 11) and teaches those saved how they should and shouldn’t live (vv. 12-14).
Because these things are “proper for sound doctrine” (v. 1) they must be spoken, and Christians must be accordingly urged and corrected. Regardless of what people may say or how they respond, truth must be spoken (v. 15). It is through Jesus’ truth that souls are freed (John 8:32) and made holy (John 17:17). It should not be surprising that sinners don’t like to hear such truth! (John 3:19-20)
Truths to Nail Down and Meditate On
- The only hope of salvation from sin is the grace of God (v. 11). Whether man or woman, old or young, married or single, salvation is by grace alone. What—who—are you relying on for salvation?
- The same grace that saves (v. 11) is the same grace that sanctifies (vv. 12-14). God’s salvation results in holy living. Christian, you must stop living a God-ignoring, craving-oriented, sinful life, and you must live a self-controlled, righteous, God-focused life. What is your life characterized by?