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?

 

Jude 1.8-9 – The Example of Michael

So far in Jude we have talked about contending for the faith, and being in the fight for the long haul. Today, Jude gives us a contrast and an example from which to draw.

Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

These people are those referenced back in vv.5-7, those who fall to unbelief and indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire. Here, Jude says that they also rely on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.

Simply, the worldly way of living focuses on self and our desires, uses our bodies to gratify these desires rather than glorify God, rejects the idea that anyone can tell us what to do with our life, and actively and vehemently speaks out against those who offer an opinion contrary to their own. 

In huge contrast to this we are shown the archangel Michael

Archangel is an interesting term, used only twice in the New Testament (here and 1 Thessalonians 4.16), it signifies a chief angel, one of first place, one with authority, one who is head of others. So Michael the Archangel is, basically, the number one angel in the ranks of the heavenly host. He is no doubt powerful and able as leader of heaven’s armies (Revelation 12.7).

Here is the takeaway for us:

look how Michael contends with the devil.

Rather than use his own might and power and strength and ability to fight the battle, to contend for the faith, to fight for Him that he serves, he says 

“The Lord rebuke you.”

It is far better for us to be on the side of God than to try go it alone. Rather than fight for the faith and rather than contend for truth in our own strength and power, we are far better following the example of Michael, who despite having the highest rank among angels, did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgement, but instead called upon the name of the Lord and said, “The Lord rebuke you.”


Point to ponder – How can I follow the example of Michael today and call upon the powerful name of the Lord?


Prayer – Father, we thank you for this example in your Word of where the true power lies. We thank you for this example of Michael who despite having a position of power and prominence, called upon your name when fighting for you. Help us today, and every day, to do the same. Amen.