” . . . that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” – Titus 2:8
This passage expresses the great importance given to a young man to live according to sound doctrine. If that young man shows corruptness, gravity, sincerity, and found speech, that cannot be condemned; it becomes very difficult for others to speak against him.
The phrase, “he that is of a contrary part”, refers to one who is of an opposite opinion or an antagonist. It is not uncommon that the antagonist will stand directly in front of the one he opposes and by his presence attempt to intimidate that one. Because of the sound doctrine, the one who is of a contrary part may become filled with respect and even be confounded by that doctrinal expression. The net result is likely that the antagonist will have no foul or wicked thing to say against the one who holds to sound doctrine.
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Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
Tit 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity”
The following should be the expectation of young men.
Gravity: venerableness, that is probity. Honorable. That which is what one might revere, that is adore.
How does one respond to the Word of God? Does he count it something to venerate? Does he have reverence for it? Does he understand that it is deserving honor and respect? Does he understand that the creation of God and his ways are worthy of consecrating one’s ways to do? How does he show honor to God’s institutions. . . His wife and family (including his parents), the institution of rightful government, and the church?
1 Timothy 2:2 and Philippians 4:18 compares it to demonstration or exercise of honesty. Gravity is also how he is to keep his children in subjection in 1 Timothy 3:4. 1 Timothy 3:8 makes this a qualification to be a deacon. 1 Timothy 3:11 applies the character to women.
This speaks to tried virtue or integrity, or actions approved by God. As to conduct it includes in general strict honesty; sincerity; veracity; integrity in principle, or strict conformity of actions to the laws of justice.
It applies to the mind and to the conduct, particularly in adhering to strict integrity in the observance and performance of rights called imperfect, which public laws to not reach and cannot enforce.
– Barnes Notes
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“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,” – Titus 2:3
Behaviour speaks of one’s conduct of self. What manners are being expressed? How do they carry themselves? This may deal wih propriety, morals, and deportment. This is expression of external appearance or action. It relates to common duties of life. It may express correct or good manners.
In this case behaviour is to express holiness. Holiness assumes purity in reverence. Reverence is fear mingled with respect and esteem. That fear acceptable to God is a filial fear, an awful reverence of the divine nature, proceeding from a just esteem of his perfections. This should produce in us an inclination to his service and an unwillingness to offend Him.
Likewise we should feel reverence for a parent, for an upright magistrate, but merely stand in awe of a tyrant. This distinction between fear and awe may not always be observed. Filial fear differs from awe, which is an emotion compounded of fear, dread or terror, with admiration of something great. But filial fear necessarily also implies love or affection.
The consequence of filial fear results in desiring to live a holy form of life out of love and affection for the person and character of a Holy God.
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That the aged men be sober, grave, – Titus 2:2
Aged men have real responsibility. They need to be grave. The time for youthful play and foolishness is over. They need to be doing things which are worthy of honor and respect; as a venerable magistrate or a venerable parent. Their ways should be regardable with awe and treated with reverence. If we are to build character, they must do things which are worthy of esteem due and build high estimation by their words or actions in the eyes of those around them. Society needs to build high expectation of others through the usage of the term honorable, as was often used regarding honorable judges, congressmen, legislators, and other people of public office. If they failed to live to such expectations, they were turned out of office. The Bible applies this expectation of being grave men to all aged men.
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