Titus 2.15 – To Titus, For All

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 2.15

Titus is given a few key things to do; declareexhortrebukelet 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 exhortedbe rebukedaccept 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?

 

Life Defined

All I am
my life defined
By I’ve been crucified with Christ
The life I live
I live by faith
In Jesus Christ who lives in me

Identify seems to be something of a hot topic nowadays, doesn’t it? Everyone seems to be choosing who they are and what they want to be, who they want to be, defining themselves.

I heard someone say recently that at the core of this is a rejection of authority. People don’t want to be told that you are made in God’s image, because they reject the authority and actuality of God. 

People don’t want to be told that your life has worth and dignity and value because of the price paid for you at Calvary, because they reject the idea that they need salvation.

But what about those of us who accept the authority of God, how are we defined?

Our Christian worldview will only make fullest sense when it affects and influences all we are, and our lives are defined by the fact that God is real, He made us, He sent His Son to die for us, and through faith in this we are defined.

The Bible uses many terms to define you, such as;

Adopted son/daughter – Galatians 3.26, John 1.12

Heir – Galatians 3.23-29

Believer – 1 Timothy 4.12

Saints – Colossians 1.2

The church – 1 Thessalonians 1.1

The life we now seek to live in one of faith (2 Corinthians 5.7); faith in God, faith in Jesus, faith in the fact He now lives in us through the person of the Holy Spirit, and faith that any definition of ourselves that we can come up with will never be as good as who He says we are. 



Life Defined starts at 12:00 minutes.