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WithAllAuthority

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.