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A Summary of Titus
Answering Protestants ^ | 20 September 2013 | Matthew Olson

Posted on 09/20/2013 3:59:26 AM PDT by matthewrobertolson

Several theological issues are addressed in the canonical Epistle of Paul to Titus. Since the Book is relatively short, let's review the whole thing -- chapter by chapter.

In the first 4 verses of chapter 1, Paul gives a simple salutation. And in verses 5-9, he begins to describe desirable traits in Christian leaders.

He says in Titus 1:10-14: "For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, 'Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.' This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth."

Here, Paul is denouncing Christians that fell into the trap of following the rituals of the Mosaic, "old" Law, rather than following Christ and His "new," universal Law. These people were confusing Christians, and Paul, as a very devout former Jew, strongly condemned their heretical beliefs.

He goes on to say in Titus 1:15-16: "To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed."

Now, some (not all, but some) Protestants try to wiggle out of this section by saying that, for Christians ("the pure"), "all things are pure," and so they are incapable of doing any bad deed in the eyes of God because of Christ's sacrifice. This position is, of course, highly ambiguous and against the spirit of the passage. As we know, in verse 16, Paul makes it clear that good deeds are important, because those that do bad deeds deny Christ by their actions.

In verses 1-10 of chapter 2, Paul continues to describe ideal Christian traits for people in all sorts of situations.

Verses 11-14 read: "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds."

This is very important. This passage starts with the fact that it is only by the grace of God that we can ever reach Heaven and be with Him, and that through Christ, He made salvation possible for everyone. It goes on to tell us how we should act in order to attain salvation. The passage ends with a reminder of Christ's sacrifice and that we must, with Christ's help, "purify" ourselves and be "zealous for good deeds" for Him.

And verse 15 ends the chapter with a note that implies its importance.

Chapter 3 starts off by reminding us to "be obedient" and to "be ready for every good deed," as well as other things.

But then it gets to verses 4-7, which might be a little confusing at first glance. The verses read: "But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

Some Protestants jump at that passage (almost as if to say "Aha!") in discussions about the necessity of works. But it doesn't defend the "faith alone" position. Yes, everything is done "according to His mercy" -- Protestants should know that, like they do, Catholics believe in "grace alone." We can only attain salvation through God's grace. The phrase "washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit" refers to baptism and the regenerative effect that it has on our souls. Baptism cleanses us from all past sin, and it is also through baptism that we properly join the Church.

Good works are obviously necessary. In fact, the very next verse (verse 8) exhorts us to "be careful to engage in good deeds," which are "good and profitable for men."

In verses 9-11, Paul again warns against "factious" men that divide by the Mosaic Law.

Verses 12-15 end the chapter with a set of individual requests and a simple conclusion.

I hope that this helps you. If you have any questions, or if you would like to request a video about a certain topic, please feel free to contact me through any of the social networks listed. May God bless you!

(All verses are from the NASB translation.)

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; General Discusssion; Theology
KEYWORDS: bible; falsegospel; jesus; paul; titus

1 posted on 09/20/2013 3:59:26 AM PDT by matthewrobertolson
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To: matthewrobertolson

I suggest the following Titus series by Dr. Alan Cairns to one and all.

The Faith of God’s Elect
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=870518445

The Hope of Eternal Life
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8140518249

Condemned As a Reprobate
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=82105174910

The Threefold Purpose of a Godly Life
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8280518037

The Gospel That Shook the World
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=925051828


2 posted on 09/20/2013 4:19:29 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: matthewrobertolson

“Good works are obviously necessary. In fact, the very next verse (verse 8) exhorts us to “be careful to engage in good deeds,” which are “good and profitable for men.”

Works are the visible fruit of saving faith. Works never save or lead to salvation. They follow.


3 posted on 09/20/2013 5:16:07 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws - Tacituss)
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To: matthewrobertolson

Thank-you and God Bless.


4 posted on 09/20/2013 6:01:42 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: .45 Long Colt

I suggest the following Titus series by Dr. Alan Cairns to one and all.


I would suggest the Gospel of Mathew, Mark Luke or john.


5 posted on 09/20/2013 6:12:36 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Works are the visible fruit of saving faith. Works never save or lead to salvation. They follow.


Yep, that is what James is saying, faith is shown by the works.


6 posted on 09/20/2013 6:20:39 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf

So would I. Titus never conflicts with the Gospels.


7 posted on 09/20/2013 7:23:35 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: matthewrobertolson

Mix together faith and works for salvation and you have the Galatian error. Interesting that religions which mandate works for salvation include their own brand of rituals which actually aren’t in scripture.

Faith alone for salvation. Works as a fruit of the new life in Christ.


8 posted on 09/20/2013 8:11:41 AM PDT by lurk
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To: .45 Long Colt

So would I. Titus never conflicts with the Gospels.


Sure not that i have saw.


9 posted on 09/20/2013 6:01:50 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: matthewrobertolson
Another anti-Protestant diatribe, trying to promote the legalist clan of Catholicism, and another blogpimp! I guess not so many show up without these advertisements!~


10 posted on 09/20/2013 6:08:39 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("The only place that the left hasn't placed the blame is on their agenda..." -Sarah Palin)
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