Summary: THE ELDERLY REFUSES TO HONOR THE WORK AND WORD OF GOD - TITUS 2:2-5 - 8/4/12
THE ELDERLY REFUSES TO HONOR THE WORK AND WORD OF GOD - TITUS 2:2-5 - 8/4/12
"2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. 3 Older women
likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what
is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be
sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be
Responsibility is not always desirable to those who have to fulfill them. Sometimes it is easier to forsake one's responsibility and join the crowd while they seek to have fun. As men and women in the world and in the church gets older they sometimes shun their parental responsibilities and give in to the things that are less demanding of their attention, time, and effort. In response to their bodily function, illnesses, likes, wants, lusts, weaknesses, and desires. God has held a tight leash on the elderly in the church. In the world they are free to do as they please, so it seems. But in the body they are called by God to maintain the same standard of holiness as that of the younger Christians in the body. The sixty, seventy and eighty years old must yield to the scriptures teachings as the young married couples with children also do. The elderly must not shun or refuse God's word and God's work to say that it is only for the young to do, because they are to old to meet God's call to be responsible. Therefore, the Apostle Paul pens a letter to Titus on the Island of Crete, instructing him on how the elderly must meet the responsibilities entrusted to them by God. As the leaders of the church must also rise to the standard of character to be-come leaders in the church of God. Let's look at what Paul has written to Titus in the church on the Island of Crete, and then we will look at how Moses warned the Israelite's prior to their entering the promised land of the consequences they would suffer if they did not obey the Lord, which is similar to what Christians suffer when they disobey God and he disciplines them on account of their disobedience.
I. RESPONSIBILITY OF OLDER MEN - (TIT. 2:2) "2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance."
Paul commanded the Older men of the church to be "temperate (moderate, not excessive, self-restraint), dignified (moral and ethical), sensible (good sense and sound judgment), and sound (free from flaw, defect, or decay, solid, firm; also: stable, free from error, fallacy) in faith, love and perseverance." Why would Paul call the older men to such a high standard of living? In answer to that question I came up with these 7 answers:
1. They've already been youths who have broken and lived the opposite of these characteristics.
2. It is God's desire and requirement for those who are aged.
3. It fulfills God's call for men to be holy, sanctified and pure.
4. These are the proper characteristics of the Holy Spirit in the believer.