Titus Chapter 1
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Matthew Henry's Titus Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
This epistle chiefly contains directions to Titus concerning the elders of the Church, and the manner in which he should give instruction; and the latter part tells him to urge obedience to magistrates, to enforce good works, avoid foolish questions, and shun heresies. The instructions the apostle gave are all plain and simple. The Christian religion was not formed to answer worldly or selfish views, but it is the wisdom of God and the power of God.The apostle salutes Titus. (1-4) The qualifications of a faithful pastor. (5-9) The evil temper and practices of false teachers. (10-16)1-4 All are the servants of God who are not slaves of sin and Satan. All gospel truth is according to godliness, teaching the fear of God. The intent of the gospel is to raise up hope as well as faith; to take off the mind and heart from the world, and to raise them to heaven and the things above. How excellent then is the gospel, which was the matter of Divine promise so early, and what thanks are due for our privileges! Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; and whoso is appointed and called, must preach the word. Grace is the free favour of God, and acceptance with him. Mercy, the fruits of the favour, in the pardon of sin, and freedom from all miseries both here and hereafter. And peace is the effect and fruit of mercy. Peace with God through Christ who is our Peace, and with the creatures and ourselves. Grace is the fountain of all blessings. Mercy, and peace, and all good, spring out of this.
5-9 The character and qualification of pastors, here called elders and bishops, agree with what the apostle wrote to Timothy. Being such bishops and overseers of the flock, to be examples to them, and God's stewards to take care of the affairs of his household, there is great reason that they should be blameless. What they are not to be, is plainly shown, as well as what they are to be, as servants of Christ, and able ministers of the letter and practice of the gospel. And here are described the spirit and practice becoming such as should be examples of good works.
10-16 False teachers are described. Faithful ministers must oppose such in good time, that their folly being made manifest, they may go no further They had a base end in what they did; serving a worldly interest under pretence of religion: for the love of money is the root of all evil. Such should be resisted, and put to shame, by sound doctrine from the Scriptures. Shameful actions, the reproach of heathens, should be far from Christians; falsehood and lying, envious craft and cruelty, brutal and sensual practices, and idleness and sloth, are sins condemned even by the light of nature. But Christian meekness is as far from cowardly passing over sin and error, as from anger and impatience. And though there may be national differences of character, yet the heart of man in every age and place is deceitful and desperately wicked. But the sharpest reproofs must aim at the good of the reproved; and soundness in the faith is most desirable and necessary. To those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; they abuse, and turn things lawful and good into sin. Many profess to know God, yet in their lives deny and reject him. See the miserable state of hypocrites, such as have a form of godliness, but are without the power; yet let us not be so ready to fix this charge on others, as careful that it does not apply to ourselves.
Larry ward's Titus Chapter 1 comment on 1/22/2013, 7:18pm...
If God can forgive us that far in Christ, we should love him.
Shirlene's Titus Chapter 1 comment about verse 16 on 1/11/2013, 11:50pm...
This scripture truly states how you can identify true worshippers of God and his son Jesus Christ. You have to have true respect of the bible as the word of God.
Chaplain dave's Titus Chapter 1 comment on 1/02/2013, 12:26am...
This chapter is not talking about traditions that do not affect doctrine, but instructs us to be discerning any idea that wars against our faith.
Deedee's Titus Chapter 1 comment about verse 14 on 11/28/2012, 2:06pm...
I believe it includes Christmas trees/santa chunnukah.. All the Judaism, paganism and the Christian paganism..Santa is also a fable and Yeshua was not born during Christmas.
André's Titus Chapter 1 comment on 10/02/2012, 3:34pm...
A polygamist can sure believe and accept Jesus Christ as his lord and savior, and get saved.
However, in the light of this chapter, that one will not be entitled to leadership responsibilities, unless he demises with polygamy.
God bless you.
Maku biswa's Titus Chapter 1 comment on 10/01/2012, 6:52pm...
It is a good book. Can I get Titus 1:6 explained. Is it only elders and deacons should't have more than one wife or all Christians. If someone is a polygamist before conversion than what? Can such one believe in Jesus?
Timothy Wayne George's Titus Chapter 1 comment on 8/09/2012, 8:25am...
I thank the Lord that He restores my soul, and that even though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of all strong holds. To Cindy, ye we must confess our sin, and God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Paul has given instruction about Elders, and they are to be blameless, the husband of one wife, not given to wine. We must be temperate in all things, and live a holy life. In Crete, the people were given to lying, and living unholy. God is light, and in him, there is no darkness. If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, the blood of Jesus will cleanse us of all sin. So walk in the light as children of God.
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