Titus Chapter 3

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Introduction

THIS chapter comprises the following subjects : --

(1.) Titus was to instruct his hearers to be subject to lawful authority, and in general to manifest meekness and gentleness towards all classes of men, 1f.

(2.) A reason is assigned why they should do this, 3ff. They who were Christians were once, indeed, like others, disobedient and unholy; they were regardless of law, and gave free indulgence to their evil propensities, but they had been redeemed for a better purpose, and it was the design of God in redeeming them, that they should manifest every kind of virtue.

(3.) Titus was to avoid foolish questions, and contentions, and strifes about the law, 9.

(4.) He who was a heretic was to be rejected after suitable admonitions, 10f.

(5.) Paul directs Titus to come to him at Nicopolis, and to bring Zenas and Apollos with him, 12ff.

(6.) He closes with the customary salutations, 15.

Text

1: Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, edit

2: To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. edit

3: For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. edit

4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, edit

5: 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; edit

6: Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; edit

7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. edit

8: 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 unto men. edit

9: But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. edit

10: A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; edit

11: Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. edit

12: When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. edit

13: Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. edit

14: And let our's also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. edit

15: All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen. edit

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