Summary: Exposition of Appearance
Text: Titus 2:1-10, Title: Supermodel, Date/Place: NRBC, 9/16/12, AM
Opening illustration: Erika’s cousin Nikki
Background to passage: in this letter to Titus, the young pastor at Crete, Paul includes a list known to commentators as a “household code.” These codes are usually lists of character traits and qualities that reflect behavior for Christians to observe. There are others in Ephesians and Colossians, the most famous of which contains the instructions to husband and wives in Ephesians 5. It is interesting that he tells Titus to teach things that are consistent with sound or healthy doctrine, then gives behaviors and marks of character. Correct teaching is that we live as believers should live, not just believe as believers should believe. There is a lot of language in this text about the reasons for these instructions on behavior other than their intrinsic righteousness before God; and most of them related to the perception of others inside the community and outside the community.
Main thought: So the next message in the Job Descriptions: Marks of Growing Disciples is that growing disciples should be models of Christian behavior—morals, ethics, finances, and relationships.This is important because of our belief that the Christian life is the fullest, best life that anyone could live. So believers must be a model for the sake of evangelism, and discipleship.
Examination of Text and Truth
Paul speaks of being “reverent” which means to be dignified or honorable in the community (inside and outside). He also makes a purpose statement at the end of v. 5 to say that these instructions are to keep the word of God (which is a substitute for the name or reputation of God) from being blasphemed. Then he says that we should display a pattern of good works (so that) opponents will have nothing evil to say of you. Then after he addresses slaves and their conduct, he says that with this behavior they (others, particularly masters or bosses) will adorn (kosmeo), beautify, or decorate the teaching of Christ.
Older men: level-headed, well-respected, self-controlled, sound in the faith (again this word relates to behavior, see Titus 1:13 contrasted with the Cretans who are liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons), accurate faith, and in patience—interesting.
Older women: act in ways displaying holiness (like the priestesses in the temple), they are not to slanders or malicious gossips (diabolos, the devil), not drinkers, and teachers (urging or encouraging good things to the younger women. This doesn’t mean they teach the young women’s class, it means they walk with them pouring into them. Women on Mission vs. Baptist Young Women. The generation gap is severe and very unhealthy to the church.
Younger women: love your husbands and children, self-controlled and moderate, pure, chaste, undefiled, and holy, workers at home, obedient (submissive) to their husbands, so that…
Young men: sound mind, reasonable, serious, again good teaching equals integrity, holiness, firm in faith and practice, healthy and helpful speech…so that nothing evil to be said of you