“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,” – Titus 3:1
Readiness is a very important characteristic to practice in the life of a Christian worker. Readiness implies fitness for the task. A ready person has planned to adjust for the work. Perhaps preparedness is a good description.
There are many toils which we should be ready to encounter in our days. Having a strong work habit is not enough. We must be differentiating between that which is good or beneficial and that which is wasteful or hurtful.
“Put them in mind . . .  to be gentle, . . unto all men” – Titus 3:1, 2
A gentle manner or character is becoming a unheard characteristic of in this new millennium.
Being gentle is the opposite of brashness and war like manners. It displays what some might think to be apparent weakness (It is as a copy machine produces a faint copy as though it were almost out of ink,. It is not impudent.] although one who practices this mannerism must be strong in purpose to not wither in the presence of one who would be so rude. This is a characteristic which is to be practiced in ministering to others. The faint hearted receiver of such ministration will not be fearful to have a gentle person minister to him. And so others would likewise be pleased with his kindly attention.
“Put them in mind . . .  To speak evil of no man, . . ”
– Titus 3:1, 2
The Greek word representing “to speak evil” is blasphēmeō or blasphemy. blasphemy is to vilify or to speak about impiously.
This word is a derivative of two words. One is to hinder, that is by implication to injure. The other word is to say something which is to cast a rumor which affects the fame of another. It is to say something which is scurrilous, that is, calumnious against man or impious against God.
Scurrilous is: Using the low and indecent language of the meaner sort of people, or such as only the license of buffoons can warrant. Containing low indecency or abuse; mean; foul; vile; obscenely jocular; as scurrilous language
calumny is: Slander; false accusation of a crime or offense, knowingly or maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another; false representation of facts reproachful to another, made by design, and with knowledge of its falsehood;
impious is: Irreverent towards the Supreme Being; wanting in veneration for God and his authority; irreligious; profane. The scoffer at God and his authority is impious. The profane swear is impious.
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, – Titus 3:1
In this more recent generation, children have generally not been taught to submit to authority but rather to be their own authority. For too many it is anathema to conform to advice from authority figures. Yet it is necessary for good social order to be persuaded by a ruler regarding behavior.
Just what degree of trouble does it require to convince one to so be persuaded to submit in his civic behaviour to another? It is our sin nature which we need to pacify. We need to be conciliatory rather than allow selfishness, hatred, and wrath rule the day. It obligatory that we submit to the righteous first authority laid out by our God.
A magistrate is: ” A public civil officer, invested with the executive government of some branch of it. In this sense, a king is the highest or first magistrate, as is the President of the United States. But the word is more particularly applied to subordinate officers, as governors, intendants (as in superintendents), prefects, mayors, justices of the peace, and the like.” – Webster
Thoughts for meditation regarding submission to other authority: How is their order maintained in the family? How is order maintained among neighbors and in villages? How is order maintained in counties, states and nations? How is order maintained in churches? How is order maintained in schools, in offices, and in the workplace? How is orderliness maintained on the farm? What are the benefits of orderliness as apposed to chaos? What is God’s will in all of this?
“Put them in mind to  be no brawlers,..” – Titus 3:1,2
A “no brawler” is any one who is peaceable. Part of this word comes from the transliterated word for macho.
Someone who is macho is inclined to battle about stuff, He is not a stranger to controversy. He is one who wars, quarrels, wishes to dispute. It could be said that his way is the only way. Such an attitude speaks of selfishness and narcissism (vanity, self-love, self-admiration, self-absorption, self-obsession, conceit, self-centeredness, self-regard, egotism, egoism.). All of this suggests that he is resistant to the direction of God and God’s ways.
We are not to be of the gang of the world, but rather one of the children of God.
“Put them in mind to be  subject to principalities and powers,”
With all authority, we are to put believers “in mind”. This phrase implies that we are to suggest an action of the memory in the lives of others. We are to remind quietly certain actions of life. As we would do it, others might follow our pattern.
“To be subject” implies that we are not to live unto ourselves. Our principle of life is not to be libertarian but to be subject or subordinate to the righteousness ways of God. Our pattern of living is to obey proper authority.
To whom has God placed man under to be subordinate?
It is principalities and powers. These are authorities placed over us by God.
Principality implies that our lives are to be ordered lives. They commence from a beginning and continue according to an ordered plan in time. There is implied precedence laid out for us. There is implied oversight by a chief to whom we are subject.
A power is one who is able, he is privileged by God to delegate influence. He is given right to exercise this publicly. Its purpose is to restrain evil and to promote good. Even this power is limited with implied obligation to do all within the will of God.
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority.
– Titus 2:15
Titus was given three objectives to carry out. This directive should be the objective of every church.
The emphasis is on these things. The context implies all those things which are mentioned previously in this book. Read the previous verses 11 and 12 and make your list from that.
The implication is upon communication from one to those with whom he comes into contact with. There are three methods of communication mentioned.
They are to speak, exhort and rebuke. When one speaks, he utters words or talks.
When one exhorts, he calls others near. he invites response. He invokes the necessity of action by imploration (earnest supplication), hortation (implies persistence by the hour) or consolation (through the abatement of evil there is alleviation of misery, or distress of mind; refreshment of mind or spirits).
When one rebukes, he strives to confute (overthrow false ideas), admonish (counsel against wrong practices) to faithfulness.
To do this with all authority, implies that this is done by direction of the almighty God that brings salvation and “hath appeared to all men, teaching us”. (verses 11-12) It is not by whim of sinful rebellious man.
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” – Titus 2:14
There are three points of importance in this blog – purity, being a peculiar people, and being zealous in good works.
That God would purify us is extremely important. Originally we were unclean and detestable in our iniquity. Through redemption he purifies or makes clean. This makes one presentable to enter into his presence to live. Thus begins the possibility of the blessed hope.
Peculiarity implies being beyond the usual or special. It implies being the property of God. It implies that you are His own. You are only His. Your manners and mannerisms uniquely display this. Here is evidence that you are a peculiar people.
Once purified, the redeemed become zealous of good works. Zealousness is seen in one who has warmth of feeling for this. This is dedicated by the heat or passion for it. Works which are good, are works which are approved of by God. They are noted by their beauty. They are valuable or virtuous. There is an intrinsic character indicating their moral quality.
” …our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity..”
– Titus 2:13-14
This is the first of a couple of posts which describe the purpose-objective of the coming of Jesus Christ.
“Who gave himself for us”
- Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
- Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
- Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
- 1Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
The concern is that the ways of this present world are evil. They are hurtful. Our prior toil in sin was grievous in that it was a perverted effort to purposefully miss the mark of God’s holiness and blessing. The consequences of iniquity are grievous. That great effort was taken to live illegally (in iniquity), in violation of God’s law, to live generally in wickedness. The outcome of this is the evidence of our being in the bondage of sin. There is great need of being delivered. The price for deliverance is a required ransom payment.This price is physical, moral and spiritual death. The alternative currency of exchange was Christ giving himself in death as a substitute for us. The only reason this was acceptable is because a perfectly righteous one could die for an unrighteous one, a substitute payment.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
– Titus 2:11-12
There are several corrupting the teaching about how we should do church or live our lives among the people of this present age. A primary error says that we must adjust to the secular progressive thoughts of those who are lost. The adjustment they teach says that we must adopt at least some of the erroneous patterns of their living so that they will feel comfortable around us. Hence is some form of approval of “minor” deviate conduct. But deviate conduct is sin and the consequence of sin is the justice of death by reason of rebellion against the wishes of God.
- Do not some of the deviate conducts include how one should approach God or live in His presence?
- May it be done without considering the majesty of God?
- May one do it by using deviate worldly forms of music?
- Does one need to always approach God in a reverential manner?
- Does God care whether we gather formally to worship him clothed in casualness or care-less-ness?
- Does God care whether we treat His Word the Bible with casualness and interpret it from a worldly perspective?
- Does God care how we raise our children?
- Does God not speak to how we are to do business?
- Did not God speak to how we should conduct government?
- Since we are not in heaven literally yet, should we be doing things in “this present world” which might tend to degrade the importance of God’s majesty or should we always do things which enhance respect and His divinity?
It would seem that the point of our being servants, disciples, ambassadors of God is that we would represent Him, His message, His character, and His person by what we do and how we do it. Our mannerism is a major part of doing this. Our speech is the rest of it.