Titus 2.3-5 – Teaching and Training

Building from his exhortation to older women about behaviour, gossiping, and drinking, Paul now gives a task to be done and a reason why.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Titus 2.3-5

Did you catch the task?

To teach what is good…train the young women

Did you catch the reason why?

So that the word of God may not be reviled.

Interestingly, Titus is not to teach the young women himself or make them his primary concern. His is found in 1.5, 2.7, and into ch.3, and we see the truth of Ephesians 4.12 in action in that Titus is building up others (the older women) to build up others (the young women).

The singular position of influence and privilege that young women hold is on show when Paul writes that they are to love their husbands and children. How true is it that the wife and mother is so in tune with the heartbeat of the home and is so often the glue holding it all together practically. 

The justification for the teachings and trainings found in vv.3-5 is given when Paul writes that the word of God may not be reviled. This is not a repressive, gender-oriented put-down from Paul, rather a clear explanation in 2.1-5 (and beyond) of how the different genders can hold different roles in order to glorify the Word. 

David Guzik writes,

When Christians don’t live in a Biblical, godly manner it means that the word of God may be blasphemed… 

The teaching and training here detailed for the young women is applicable in principle to us all; live a Godly life so that the Word cannot be reviled and blasphemed on your account.

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