November 15, 2022
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Titus is right; we are a peculiar people. Through God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost and the sacrament of baptism, we walk in two worlds – material and spiritual. Because we are human and fallen, these two worlds are ever in tension (there’s a better word for this state but I can’t think of it just now). We fight against the former and strive toward the later with a lot of falling down in between. But it’s a fight we’ve been called to and gladly take up. There is much joy in worship and contentment in prayer and we do these things both corporately and individually so that each day we are in the spiritual world as much as possible to help us fight against the temptations of the the material world.
We are a peculiar people; I pray that we are zealous of good works.