HE HATH APPEARED TO ALL MEN
Brothers, here Paul speaking, in a letter, to his son Titus is exhorting him to look closely at the Cretian people and admonish those who walk after the lusts of the world.
Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
Titus 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Paul could have been speaking to us about some of our brothers in this day, for the description given here of the Cretians sound like many of those whom we now both see and know. There are indeed many unruly, deceivers and vain talkers. Verse 10. Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not to teach, for filthy lucre's sake (money). Verse 11.
Verse 13-14 says that we are to rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Paul tells us here to rebuke them sharply, that our brothers may be sound in faith.
Verse 15-16 tells us that to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure. He says even their mind and conscience is defiled. He tells us that they do profess to know God, But in their works they deny God by being disobedient to Him in not doing what He has instructed them to do. Brothers, some of our brothers whom you know, go about this world seeking money and things to bring them happiness just as the lost world does. They have no time left to go about doing the work that God has instructed them to do.
We must also rebuke them sharply that they would turn away from their worldly ways and come back to working God's plan for their lives. Rebuke them in love, with kindness and sincerity.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Brothers, you see here in verses 12-15 of chapter 2 of Titus that Paul is reaffirming to us that we are to go about doing God's work here on earth before Jesus' soon appearing. Again we are told to rebuke with all authority those who walk ungodly, but we are to do it in love that no man should despise us.
Brothers, please go back and re-read verse 11 above. See that the Holy Spirit of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. There is no man who ever lived on this earth who the Holy Spirit has not appeared to, and convicted him of his sins and his need for Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We have been wrongly taught that men must go out into the world and witness to the lost because they do not know that they are lost and without God. This is not true.
It is the Holy Spirit who convicted you and I of our need for Jesus, and it is the Holy Spirit who has and will convict every man of their need for Jesus Christ in their lives. Now, having said this, it is our job to go, or send good men and women out into all of the world to witness to the lost, that by doing so we might help the Holy Spirit to lead them to Christ Jesus, and by establishing churches in their area they might be discipled and grown in the faith. But, please do not be deceived into thinking that men have died without having the opportunity to be saved, for the Holy Spirit has appeared to all men. Verse 2:11.
Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Titus 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Titus 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
Paul tells us here in 3:10, that after the first or second time that you admonish a brother who is walking disorderly, then we are to reject him and let the Holy Spirit bring conviction to him, otherwise we could not continue to rebuke him in love. Step back and allow the Holy Spirit to convict him.
God Bless you my brothers in Christ Jesus,
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