Having spent much of what we read as chapter two encouraging Titus to teach various things to various people, Paul now rounds off with an all-encompassing statement.
Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
Titus is given a few key things to do; declare, exhort, rebuke, let no one disregard you. He is to do these things with all authority. Speaking forth the truth of the Word (2.1) should be done with all authority as the subject matter is Divinely inspired and immensely powerful, powerful enough to change lives (James 1.21).
This letter of Paul was written to Titus (1.4), but letters like this were commonly read in the presence of the entire church (Colossians 4.16). So Paul, in writing this, is also giving instructions to the church at large; be exhorted, be rebuked, accept the authority of those teaching, and disregard no one. Really then, the words of Titus 2.15 are for all of us whether we are the Titus or the taught in our own church families.
Here are some considerations to take into today;
Are we willing to have the Word declared to us and to accept it as coming from the Master, not His chosen human mouthpiece?
Are we comfortable being taught with all the authority of God’s Word?
Are we humble enough to be rebuked with all the authority of God’s Word?
Do we disregard some who do this based on our own human assessment and evaluation?