|Titus 1 |
1 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness,
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began;
3 Which in his own time he has revealed through his word by preaching, which is committed to me according to the command of God our Savior.
4 To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
5 I left you in Crete, so that you would set in order the things that were unfinished, and ordain elders in every city as I had directed you.
6 An elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children who are not open to accusation of being unruly or disorderly.
7 Since he [an elder] is the steward of God, he must be blameless; not self willed, not easily angered, or given to drink, not violent, or greedy for filthy lucre [money];
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast to the faithful word as he has been taught, so that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convince those who contradict it [the faithful word].
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially of the circumcision; [Unruly, vain talkers, and deceivers preached and taught their vain opinions from the thoughts of their carnal minds and imaginations instead of only preaching words they heard commanded by the Spirit immediately before speaking. The circumcision taught male circumcision was necessary.]
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things they ought not to teach, for filthy lucre's sake. [They teach for money: a salary, or contributions, or "love gifts;" which violates the teachings of Jesus, Peter, Paul, and Jude.]
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, "The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies [lazy people serving their stomach]."
13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they may come to be be sound in the faith,
14 Not paying attention to Jewish fables or the commands of men who turn away from the truth.
15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; both their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but they deny him by what they do, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. [It is not what you say you are, but what you do that makes you a Christian or not; from the Word of the Lord within: "If all that profess me, would possess me. Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. Do you know him or just pretend to know him; to know him is to have met him and listened to him. Seek the meeting." Good works are those that God directs a crucified, pure man to perform. When your selfish, evil nature has been destroyed, then you are directed by Him in good works to His glory. Until then, you can call him Lord, you can call him Master, but so did Judas, even kissing Him. You are the slaves of him whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness. Rom 6:16.]