Summary: Message about the condition of mankind without the redeemig work of Jesus Christ at work in his life.
1Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. 3For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. 9But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.
Last Sunday we looked at Titus 3:1-2. We learned some of the appropriate behavior for all of us as Christians to have in our culture.
At least one person has summarized verses 1 and 2 as the command to be humble.
Humility for us as Christians should come very easily because you can’t really become a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior without first coming to the realization that you are a sinner in need of salvation
In verse 3 of Titus chapter 3 , The Apostle brings this truth to the forefront by listing attitudes and behaviors that are typical of those who have not yet come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord God and Savior.
A foolish person lacks understanding, or literally, one who is senseless or “not having a mind.”
A lost person is described.
17So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
No matter how smart someone is, if they are not alive spiritually, they are considered foolish.
A person apart from Christ is by nature rebellious, willfully disregarding authority. This word refers to one who refuses to be persuaded, or one who persists in doing what he wants to do, no matter what God says.
To paraphrase Jonathon Edwards, every unbeliever is hanging by a thread over the fires of hell. And the only thing that keeps them from falling into the flames is the hand of God.
Disobedience is nothing more than saying to God, “I dare you to let go” (idea from Stephen Fournier).
This Greek word describes a wandering and is the root for our word “planet.” We are all prone to wander.
25For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
This individual then said that his biggest problem is not with other people; his biggest problem is with his own heart.
Satan, the ultimate deceiver, works at keeping people in the dark as stated in
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
4. Enslaved to various lusts and pleasures.
34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.
The nature of sin is that it will make you its slave. Like the country of Crete, our culture is filled with “all kinds” of passions and pleasures, and these sins will enslave
for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.