Today's Bible Chapter

Titus Chapter 2

Titus 2:1 – Sound Minds and Healthy Doctrine

However, you [Titus], speak those things which are appropriate and suitable for healthy teaching. 1
1 Speak those things which are appropriate and suitable for healthy teaching: Or, KJV: which become sound doctrine; RHM: healthful instruction; TCN: sound Christian teaching. [1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:13] The early Church was not a lose conglomeration of independent congregations with divergent opinions. [1 Corinthians 1:9-11; see notes on Ephesians 4:13, 14]

Dear Friends of the Nazarene,

We choose Titus 2:1 as the theme verse of chapter two – Exhortations to Spiritual Health.” Paul continues to urge Titus to “keep seeking healthy doctrine.” [1-5] This Christian doctrine or teaching includes counsel regarding mature Christians as well as younger men and women. In this Paul stresses the “sound [or, healthy] mind [or, thinking].” Older men should be characterized by temperance, faith, love and endurance. Mature sister should be known as holy, not slanderous, and they should teach the younger sisters to be fond of their husbands and children, home-workers, good and submissive. Failure to do so will bring reproach on the Word of God.

Titus and other elders are to “keep encouraging sound and healthy thinking.” [6-10] They should be role models of “good works.” Their teaching should be characterized by integrity, seriousness, and healthy speech above reproach. Paul mentions Christian “slaves” and their need of submission to their owners, not talking back, but being trustworthy and good. In this way Christian slaves will “adorn the teaching” of God. A sound mind – or healthy thinking – includes a righteous and reverent life-style. [11-14] All Christians continue to await the blessed hope of the “Appearing” of Christ Jesus. Our Master sacrificed himself to “redeem us from all lawlessness,” cleansing us as his possession. Titus is ordered to “continue to speak, encourage, and reprove with full authority.” [15] No one is to disregard Titus.

Abba our Father bless those who respond to healthy doctrine.

[8 August 2002]