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~ TITUS: A Case Study in The Importance of Embracing Godly Principles ~ Part 1
Titus is one of the Apostle Paul's trusted traveling companions. This marvelously succinct, brief, concise and powerful informative Pastoral Epistle was written by the Apostle Paul. It is here one can discover some pertinent necessary intrinsic virtues and godly principles. These are necessary helpful traits one needs in order to encourage others to become a part of the Body of Christ! The Church is made up of members from all over the world that forms the Body of Christ! We are the sheep and He is the Chief Shepherd! JESUS CHRIST is the GREAT HEAD of HIS CHURCH! If you desire a role in leadership; here within Titus there is much spiritual wisdom to ponder.
If you want to live a holy life please read on. Paul was quite adamant that those desiring to lead must do so by example. It is important that we embrace the very principles that we teach! Titus contains a wealth of moral standards to help one become a wise, successful, gallant spiritual leader. Paul actually calls Titus; "A true son in the faith. He provides us with a list of qualifications for elders. This list is confirmed by a similar list in I Timothy 3.
We are to be yielded Vessels to bring forth the WORD of GOD
Many want to lead In Preaching, Proclaiming, Teaching and in Worship & Praise! But some still do not want to submit to the Word of God in their personal lives. In many cases you will find that they follow the traditions of man and their denominational or nondenominational beliefs over the Word of God. It is important to realize when this is the case a "seducing spirit" is actually in operation. It is very important to know the Word of God for yourself. Therefore, be prayerful when commitment to the Lord is shallow. Genuine worship takes more than mere skill. It takes more than being able to speak or sing loud and dance to the music especially when its void of spiritual depth. Nor is it about stirring up a crowd into an emotional frenzy to the point many will respond and do whatever is expected. This is merely momentary entertainment!
Yes you might draw many but is the Lord really pleased?
Pray for discernment. This only encourages and influences carnality rather than spiritual growth. Keep in mind God always knows where we are coming from. One must learn to take time to "Be Still and Know" and commune with the Lord. To not just speak forth what someone wants you to say... There are many all throughout the world that need to hear the uncompromised GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST! We are to be yielded vessels to bring forth The Truth of the Gospel. It is by the Power of GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT that one can become SAVED! Therefore, It is important to consecrate yourself when rendering service for the Lord. To be sanctified means to be set apart for God.
There is only ONE HEAD of GOD'S CHURCH; CHRIST JESUS!
Here in Titus the Apostle Paul encourages strong committed and dedicated godly spiritual leadership. He also encourages him to confront rebellion as well as unruly false teachers. He made it perfectly clear there is only ONE HEAD; CHRIST JESUS! Follow no one blindly. This is why we must know the Word of God for ourselves! If our service for the Lord is not really sincere, or if you are apt to follow any and everyone placed in front of you it is in vain. Instead of encouraging the Fruit of the Spirit to manifest, this will encourage the works of the flesh to rise. We are seeing the results of this all around us... No doubt we are living in some interesting times in these "Last Days." Some of everything is happening and fewer even respect what has been deemed sacred by God. There are those who will do and say anything anywhere. It is important to seek the will of the Lord in whatever we do in our efforts to serve Him. Truly God is forever faithful and He deserves the best from us.
Paul astutely and judiciously preached the uncompromising “Good News Gospel” of Jesus Christ in Crete. Crete was well known for its pervasive blatant carnality. “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons. This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith …” Titus 1.
Our souls are filters through which we perceive something to be good or evil. As we walk in obedience we become more conscious of what is right and what is wrong, The Light of the Lord becomes brighter. Here we can see that it is or will be times to be quite direct in presenting the Gospel, especially when it is quite evident that one is walking contrary to what the Word of God teaches. This is not to pass judgment but to incite others to be led by the Spirit rather than to walk in the works of the flesh. You really need to discern what is happening all around us. There is much going on all around us... It is time out for foolishness. Pray sincerely for discernment in order to discern what is or is not of the Lord.
Being sound in the FAITH
It was important to Paul that they become sound in the Faith! There was still much work to do in and about Crete and Paul delegated the work of the ministry to Titus whom he duly trusted. The noted key verse in Titus: “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town as I have directed you.” Titus 1. Much was going on in and about the Church which was not of God. The Pharisees did not want things to change. Their traditions were more important than what Jesus was teaching and preaching. Therefore, they often ran interference to undermine His authority. It is clear in the Word that the Church is His people. There was a lot of teaching being taught that conflicted with the Word!
There are many similarities between I Timothy and Titus. They both give wonderful instructions and illustrations on how to become an effective principled servant and leader. There is much information here in regards to the organizational structuring of the Church. Implementing and personally embracing moral fitness, integrity and Christian character are important.
Titus was a Greek believer who was faithful to the Word of God. Paul was well aware that in order for the Lord’s Church to continue to grow that its foundational teachings had to be built upon Christ Jesus! Titus was mentored, trained and nurtured by the Apostle Paul. He was one of Paul’s most trustworthy traveling missionary associates. They both accessed power through the Holy Spirit to accomplish many wonders things in the Name of Jesus. Titus was sent to organize and oversee the growing Church in Crete. Paul complimentarily refers to Titus as being a “True Son!”
Crete is a rather historically interesting place that has a rich intriguing history. It is south from the mainland of Greece. Crete had such a substantial Jewish population at this time. This is possibly why they were able to receive protection from Rome. It was a plenteous, bountiful venue for Missionary work. Paul assigned Titus to set things in order and to appoint and ordain Elders in every city.
God's creation is beautiful!
I must say that Greece is a very beautiful country. Here within this 21st century, we meaning my husband and I, as Ministers/Elders for the Lord have many very beautiful memories we shared here. It has been very beneficial to experience a plethora of cultures and their various customs. I am most thankful that the Lord has given us the opportunity to see much of this world He has created. It has served to further broaden as well as reinforce the depth of our belief in our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. It has also confirmed the "CALL " He has upon our lives. We serve an OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, OMNIPRESENT AWEWONDERFUL ALMIGHTY GOD! The Lord has created a beautiful world for our eyes to behold. His creation is magnificent. It really helps you to holdfast even more to the Truth of God's Word. Yet there remains even so much more to learn, see and experience. For we are forever becoming...
Here in Titus we find Paul has expounded upon the desired characteristics, qualifications and personality traits that one needs to become an elder. The term “elder” denotes that the person is qualified to wisely, teach, preach, proclaim and implement the principles of God’s Word within their own lives as well. Today it continues to remain debatable for some if a woman can be an elder. One needs to only familiarize themselves with the Scriptures to see that it was a woman who actually was the first to run and tell the “Good News Gospel” that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead! God pours out His Spirit on whomsoever He desires. It is important to know “When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the eleven and to ALL the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others that were with them that told the Apostles…” Luke 24.
God "Calls" whomsoever He desires
It is important to know as a woman of God you have a right to Preach, Proclaim and Teach... When properly led by the Spirit you are not "usurping authority" but ministering in the Spirit. No need to ever compete. Simply know who you are in the Lord. However, we are to do so representing our Lord as we also keep in mind our femininity is intact as a woman. God made us equal yet different.
"You are all sons(daughters) of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3. Today as a Man or Woman of God it is and remains important to represent God in a manner that is pleasing in HIS sight even more so for this world is on a "slippery slope!" Many are confused about how GOD has created them? (That is another whole story) But praise be to GOD; We are to be the DESIGNER'S ORIGINALS. Keep in mind we all are accountable to GOD! Many have begun to move towards what is popular in society or what is the latest trends... No wonder why this generation is so confused? Especially since there is much continuing ongoing spiritual warfare to attempt to undermine and blur our distinct roles as individuals.
Always keep in mind, God created man & woman to be joined as one in Holy Matrimony through a Covenant Marriage. This is the only marriage between one man and one woman He supports. God does not support the works of the flesh encouraged in same sex unions. Nor does He support adultery or fornication. For some these are becoming common practices. However, if you choose to do so know that you are out of the will of the Lord. If you are here. You need to REPENT!!!
God did not make us robots. He has given us the freedom to choose. Therefore, always remember there are consequences for our choices. So choose wisely who or what path you follow. Stay on the Narrow Path. Know it is the road with fewer travelers. Read Romans 1 in detail for more spiritual insight. Again it is very important to know that Word of God is the pure unadulterated TRUTH. We as believers are to holdfast to the principles therein. A lie will keep you in bondage but; "THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!" Remember this as Paul says; "NOT giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the TRUTH. Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure, and even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. But speak though the things which become sound doctrine..." Titus 1
Know who Christ Jesus is
The knowledge of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is essentially imperative for Christians. It is a marvelous extraordinary demonstration of authority and power to the principalities that be in both Heaven and earth. Jesus Christ conquered sin, death and the grave. The Word of God is infallible and foolproof! This is not a fairy tale… Jesus Christ actually was persecuted, mistreated, beaten, spat upon, crucified on the cross, and then placed in a borrowed tomb. I say borrowed because He already knew it would not be needed for very long... He triumphantly rose from the dead after being in the grave for three days. He then arose victoriously with all power.
When you truly accept Jesus Christ into your heart you are given the gift of Eternal Life and the benefits of Salvation. Upon the professing of our faith, belief and trust in God we receive His Holy Spirit. He resides within us for our body becomes a Temple! The Comforter is the internal, eternal Spiritual Teacher and Guide that can direct us to ALL TRUTH! We no longer have to live in bondage by the proclivity towards sin that was welcomed into the world via Adam & Eve. We can call upon Him 24/7 to "SAVE" us from the power of sin reigning within our lives! Sin is anything that separates us from God and allows us to fall short and “miss the mark.”
Embracing the principles of God’s Word is the authority by which the Church can effectively witness to the world. We cannot of ourselves be saved. It must come through our acceptance and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We have no righteousness of our own. But praise be to GOD, CHRIST JESUS imputed HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to us! The Gospel will and can transform your life. As believers we are to uphold the Word of God as Sacred & Holy! It is here in this marvelous book of Titus Paul, outlines and gives us the necessary qualifications to organize, properly maintain as well as oversee a congregation of believers. Keep in mind GOD ALMIGHTY has only one CHURCH!
There was much of the world still existing within the Church at Crete. There were many devout Jews who still did not accept that Jesus Christ had come in the flesh. Titus was assigned to be on the lookout for the false doctrines that were being taught in error. This still remains the same in many of our congregations today. The opinions of others should never override the “Gospel” Nor should monetary gain, nor power, be the motivating desire or the need to have authority over others be the driving force behind any ministry.
The Church belongs to God!
- The Epistle to Titus
The Epistle stressed the role of bishop as a representative of the church as being blameless having one wife, calm, holy, sober, and faithful to the church. He must be firm with dissenters.
© 2012 Elder DeBorrah K Ogans
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 03, 2013:
Nobody, Thank You for sharing your insighful commentary. Titus is a marvelous book with a wealth of spiritual wisdom.
What a nice trustful relationship you have with your Pastor who introduced you to Christ! I am sure that he has seen much spiritual growth in you my brother. Praise God!
In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on June 29, 2013:
Titus certainly had his problems to overcome. First he was a Gentile Christian and most of the new Christians at that point were Jews. The Judaizers were around saying that if the new Gentile believers would not submit to the law they were to be shunned. Paul had to withstand Peter to the face because of these people's divisiveness. Then there was the tendency in the Grecian society to intellectualize everything so as to debate which lost the impact of the Gospel in the constant postulating of beliefs. Paul had told him to keep to the topic at hand and do not let "endless genealogies" and argumentiveness keep the truth of the message from getting diluted.
Paul must have really trusted Titus. I have a father-son relationship with the pastor that God used to lead me to Christ. I know when he gives me a hug and says, "Be good baby.." that he feels like Paul did with Titus and I think I know how Titus felt. Loved the article sister. Bob.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on November 27, 2012:
James A Watkins, As always Thank You, Professor! So glad that you have been encouraged! You are so welcome! The feeling is quite mutual I am always enlightened and educated by your plethora of marvelous informative narratives!
Thank You for stopping by to share. In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Mercy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!
James A Watkins from Chicago on November 14, 2012:
Outstanding summary and commentary on the Book of Titus. I enjoyed this Hub and I am edified by it. Thank you very much for this ministry. God Bless You!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on November 03, 2012:
Cristina, You are so welcome & Thank You! TItus is wonderful as is all the Word of God! As you well stated:"There should never really be any room for compromise for it will ruin our confidence in God" Amen! Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated! In HIs Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Cristina Santander from Manila on October 29, 2012:
Excellent hub indeed DeBorrah K. Ogans. Thank you for bringing this out in the light here at Hubpages. Truly the Book of Titus is a great exhortation for us believers to remain firm in our stand and conviction as christians. There should never really any room for compromise for it will ruin our confidence in God. May you and your family be blessed today and always. Best regards.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on October 25, 2012:
Skye, Titus is truly a wonderful book! Thank God for Jesus Christ!
Thank you for being the strong, loving kind yet gentle soul you are my sister in the Lord! So glad that you have been encouraged! What would we do without the Lord? I cannot imagine! May our Heavenly Father continue to grow you in HIS Grace, Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding! His Word is powerful and true! May His Peace & Joy Keep you in Jesus Name! It is always delightful when you stop by to share! Be strong in the Lord! In His Love, Grace, Joy & Peace! God Bless You Always!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on October 23, 2012:
MsDora, Titus is quite interesting. You are so welcome! Thank You for stopping by to share! God Bless You!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on October 23, 2012:
Debborrah My sweet sister. Your writing flows. I love the study you did for all to enjoy and learn on Titus. I learned a great deal. What spoke to me the most was the importance of staying close to Jesus and seeking Him always. Amazing how the Spirit of God moves to touch hearts just where they need touching. I have not seen you for a while. I do pray all is well with you and yours precious one.
Your pictures are awesome as always. I just love your writing. You are a light and I love you my friend. Ive been gone for a time. I am back. Hope to see you poking around. Miss you . In Christ. your sista.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 14, 2012:
Really good overview of Titus. I especially like your explanation of what it means to be holy. We "sin less." Thanks for sharing your devotion to the Scriptures.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 28, 2012:
A M Werner, Thank You! It is important that we continually seek the Lord for direction! It is clear as we look around us there is much to deter us from seeking the Lord above all else! So many have gome shipwreck...
It is important as you say that we: "chastise and rebuke one another with love and patience, it seems far too many Christians refuse to see the error of their ways when they start getting too worldly" AMEN! Correction is not always well received. But we must continue to "comtend for the FAITH!" We must also embrace the very principles that we talk about!
There is a big misconception in regards to what Love really is! Part of Love is moving toward our Creator! Living to Please Him! Yes Jesus Loves us; but He wants us to continuously grow spiritually. Titus is indeed a marvelous book to abet us in the process! I pray that others are encouraged! In His Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!
Allen Werner from West Allis on September 27, 2012:
Wonderful DeBorrah. Titus is such sharp quick book that gets to the heart of matter quickly and pointedly. It is so easy for Christianity as well as Christian households to fall into spiritual disrepair because the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches can be so tempting. Although the Scriptures tell us to chastise and rebuke one another with love and patience, it seems far too many Christians refuse to see the error of their ways when they start getting too worldly. They start falling back on the "Jesus love me no matter what" theology, and many of the warnings covered in Titus go unheeded. Hopefully this beautiful hub will help lead some sheep back into the fold. Peace
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 20, 2012:
Star, Thank You! There is much spiritual wisdom within the book of Titus that we all can benefit from!
Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Mercy, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 19, 2012:
Teaches12345. Thank You! The Bible is our greatest resource! As you well stated" Paul left us some great instructions that are applicable to life today..." AMEN!
As always thank you for stopping by to share, Peace & Blessings!
stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on September 19, 2012:
A lovely, beautiful, hub that is educating in Christian knowledge, Thank you for this wonderful work. God Bless you, and you'r precious loved ones dear heart.
Dianna Mendez on September 16, 2012:
Good coverage on this book of the Bible. I find that Paul left us some great instructions that are applicable to life today in this book.