Scripture Reading: Titus 3
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable [hateful in the sight of God], and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Profess—word for confess, say the same thing as. Deny—contradict, disavow, reject. They have a theoretical knowledge of God, not a practical one. Their actions take back the statement of their mouth.
Reprobate—worthless when tested. Used of unbelievers.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawlessness], and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
God’s gratuitous mode of salvation has shined to all. Teaching—disciplining, chastening. Soberly—wisely and self-controlled with a mastery over the passions. Redeem—bring out of bondage to iniquity.
Peculiar—special, beyond usual, a possession. Zealous—eagerly desire, to burn for. Authority—word for a commandment or mandate. Despise—depreciate, view with contempt. Make sure your life doesn’t undermine the message.
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived [going astray], serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,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
Ready—adjusted, prepared, ready at hand. A new way of life comes, not by our works, not as a result springing from what we’ve done, but by the kindness and love of our Savior. Renew—renovate, complete change for the better.
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.
Affirm constantly—strongly and confidently assert. Careful—exercise thought, be anxious. Maintain—practice, to excel and be distinguished in them. Profitable—helpful, serviceable, advantageous. Good works are not done for your own benefit primarily! They help others, unlike fleshly action which helps you only.
--Christians should conspicuously do good with generous zeal.
And let our's also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
Christians should be trained to the wise and thoughtful practice in works of mercy and love.
“There was evidently a dread in St. Paul’s mind that some of those who professed a love of Jesus, and said that they longed after the great salvation, would content themselves with a dreamy acquiescence in the great truths, while the life remained unaltered.”
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Pattern—image, a thing struck, a die, statue, resemblance.
Teaching should be pure, serious, and genuine, not hypocritical.