That statement is trustworthy.1 Concerning these [teachings] I counsel you [Titus] to make strong affirmations 2 about them so that [the congregations] of those who believe God continue minding good works. 3 These [teachings] are good and profitable to all humanity. 4
|1||That statement is trustworthy: Or, KJV: this is a faithful saying. [1 Timothy 1:15]|
|2||Concerning these [teachings] I counsel you [Titus] to make strong affirmations: Or, KJV: affirm constantly; TCN: and it is on these subjects that I desire you to lay special stress; PME: speak with absolute certainty; MON: firmly insist. What Paul has written are no mere suggestions, they are apostolic commands. Titus is not to be hesitant or wishy-washy. He gives his reasons in the next phrases.|
|3||Continue minding good works: Or, KJV: careful to maintain good works; RHM: forward in noble works; TCNT: to doing good; MOF: practicing honourable occupations; CON: practice good works. [1 Timothy 6:18] Compare “good works” at Titus 2:6, 14; 3:14.|
|4||These [teachings] are good and profitable to all humanity: That is, to men; human. Or, TCN: such subjects are excellent in themselves and of real use to mankind; MOF: such counsels are right and good for men; BER: which is excellent and beneficial for all people. What Paul writes to Titus are not limited to just the isle of Crete. They are applicable and beneficial to Christians of all ages. [2 Timothy 3:15-17]|
Dear Friends of the Nazarene,
We choose Titus 3:8 as the theme verse of chapter three – Minding Your Own Business. Paul continues with more instructions for Titus to deliver to the congregations. [1-3] Christians must “be obedient to governments and civil authority.” They must be characterized by good works, never speaking ill of others, never quarrelsome, but rather gentle and meek. Paul describes the former lives of many Christians.
Paul now writes of a major theme of the Christian Scriptures – justification by Grace. [4-7] God’s pronouncement of “not guilty” is not based on righteous works, but rather His mercy. Such forgiveness is followed by “a regenerative washing and renewal of holy Spirit.” Thus Christians have become heirs of everlasting life. This does not mean Christians can avoid “good works.”  Titus is “to make strong affirmations” so the congregations will keep their minds on good works. Such godly teachings are beneficial for all humans.
Titus is to “shun fights and any heretical Christian.” [9-11] Such “perverted” individuals – likely of the “Circumcision” mentioned earlier – are to be given only “two warnings” and then as sinners they are self-condemned. Paul concludes with some closing instructions and greetings. [12-15] Christians in the small congregations on Crete should continue to “learn good works,” particularly in the form of their charity.
Abba our father bless those manifest by good works.
[10 August 2002]