Paul’s Charge to Titus

Text: Titus 2:15

These Things Speak

  • What “things” is Paul talking about? … the things fitting for sound doctrine (Titus 2:1)
  • In speaking “these things,” we are also to avoid certain things – foolish controversies (Titus 3:9), myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4), human philosophy (Colossians 2:8), human commandments (Matthew 15:9), a perverted form of the gospel (Galatians 1:6-9)
  • Those who preach have a divine obligation to speak as the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11)

Speak, Exhort, Reprove

  • Speak – inform, make known the word of God to the audience (2 Timothy 4:2; Acts 17:2-3)
  • Exhort – build up & encourage brethren to continue in the truth (Acts 20:32)
  • Reprove – when sin & error exists, it must be dealt with, not swept under the rug and ignored (Titus 1:11; 3 John 9-10)

Preach with Authority

  • The authority with which Titus was to speak was not his authority – it was Christ’s (Matthew 28:18)
  • This is why we must speak as the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11) – our words are not truth because we said them, but because the Scriptures teach them (John 17:17)
  • When we accurately teach the truth, it is just as authoritative as it would be if Christ spoke it (1 Corinthians 14:37)

Let No One Disregard You

  • We cannot control the way others think – any truth teacher can be disregarded (2 Corinthians 10:10); so how can we, to the best of our abilities, keep from being disregarded by others?
  • Live blamelessly so there is no cause for accusation (2 Corinthians 6:3)
  • Do not worry about what others think about you (1 Cor. 4:3-4)

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