December 11, 2005
The qualifications of church officers; a warning against false teachers; Christian conduct; Paul's appeal for Onesimus
The churches on the
The Church belongs to Christ. His qualifications for spiritual leaders must be followed; man's alternative qualifications are unacceptable to God. Paul's letter to Titus warns that leaders must be blameless in their personal lives.
Paul gave instruction that older men and women should teach the younger men and women, instructing them to forsake evil passions and worldly ambitions, and to live honorably before the Lord. The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldy lusts, we should live soberly (responsibly, honorably), righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity (lawlessness), and purify unto Himself a peculiar (chosen for His own) people, zealous of (hearts set on) good works (2:11-14). Our teaching must be based upon the threefold work of Christ for His people as a result of His atoning death upon the cross (2:14): 1) He set us free — redeemed us from all iniquity; 2) He set us apart — purified to Himself a peculiar people (special possession); 3) He called us to be zealous of good works.
Paul identifies himself simply as a prisoner of Jesus Christ (Philemon 1:1). Although Paul was imprisoned by the
Titus 2:10 purloining = stealing small things; Philemon 1:8 enjoin = give direction, order; 1:12 mine own bowels = out of my very heart.
Pray for The Spanish International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts for 12/11-12/25 sponsored by Carol & Ray Espenshade · Government Officials: Sen. Max Baucus (MT) and Sen John Kerry (MA) · Country: Barbados (259,000) on the island farthest east in the West Indies · Major language: English · Religious freedom · 79% Protestant; 8% Roman Catholic · Prayer Suggestion: Remember that God delights in your joy (Psalm 43:4).
Memory Verse for the Week: 1 Peter 1:23