Archive for August 2019

Titus 3:1-8: Doing What Is Good

Esther 3-4, Proverbs 16:1-16, Luke 19:39-48, Titus 3:1-8 Titus 3:1-8: We have seen that Titus has been left in Crete by Paul. Titus’ task is to set in order the church in Crete. To do that, he must commission a team of elders. And then he must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine – he must…

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Titus 2:11-15: Grace, Applied and Taught

Esther 2, Proverbs 15:18-33, Luke 19:28-38, Titus 2:11-15 Titus 2:11-15: We have mentioned several times that this section in Titus contains the key controlling theological principle that reverberates throughout the rest of the letter. Paul has left Titus in Crete to straighten out what was left unfinished. To that end, he is to appoint elders to help encourage…

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Titus 2:1-10: Making the Gospel Attractive

Esther 1, Proverbs 15:1-17, Luke 19:11-27, Titus 2:1-10 Titus 2:1-10: Paul is commissioning Titus to set in good order what was left unfinished at the church in Crete. He has urged him to appoint elders to help him with the task of teaching the truth and correcting error. Now, Paul introduces another aspect to this strategy: what we…

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Titus 1:10-16: Refutation

Nehemiah 13, Proverbs 14:19-35, Luke 19:1-10, Titus 1:10-16 Titus 1:10-16: Paul is asking Titus to straighten out what was left unfinished in Crete. This, we have seen, means first of all that he needs to appoint elders to help with this task. This team of gospel-driven leaders will need to encourage and also correct. What is it that…

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Titus 1:1-9: Put in Order What Was Left Unfinished

Nehemiah 12, Proverbs 14:1-18, Luke 18:31-43, Titus 1:1-9 Titus 1:1-9: Titus has been given a rather different task to that of Timothy. He has been left in Crete to “put in order what was left unfinished.” We are not sure exactly what that means, but it is apparent from the rest of the letter that in Paul’s view…

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2 Timothy 4:9-22: Grace and Glory

Nehemiah 11, Proverbs 13:13-25, Luke 18:18-30, 2 Timothy 4:9-22 2 Timothy 4:9-22: As we come to end of this Paul’s final letter, we would expect to find Paul trailing off and describing an inactive and somewhat depressing life in his final days. But nothing could be further from the truth. He is still very active, and in describing…

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2 Timothy 4:1-8: Preach the Word

Nehemiah 10, Proverbs 13:1-12, Luke 18:9-17, 2 Timothy 4:1-8 2 Timothy 4:1-8: Now we come to the very center of the charge that Paul is giving to Timothy. There are dangers facing Christianity. There are issues of struggle within and without the church. Timothy must step up and do the job that he has been called to do.…

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2 Timothy 3:10-17: Encouragement

Nehemiah 9, Proverbs 12:15-28, Luke 18:1-8, 2 Timothy 3:10-17 2 Timothy 3:10-17: Paul has described for Timothy the true nature of humanity in these last days in which we live, and now he comes to encourage Timothy in the face of these difficulties in two transformative ways. First of all, Paul reminds Timothy what he knew about Paul’s…

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2 Timothy 3:1-9: The Real Gospel and Real Christlikeness

Nehemiah 8, Proverbs 12:1-14, Luke 17:20-37, 2 Timothy 3:1-9 2 Timothy 3:1-9: This is one of the more politically incorrect passages that Paul ever wrote! Why would he write what – to contemporary ears – seem such harsh words? First, we have to understand the bigger picture theology. Behind Paul’s writings there is an assumption about human nature.…

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2 Timothy 2:14-26: Dealing with False Teachers

Nehemiah 7, Proverbs 11:16-31, Luke 17:11-19, 2 Timothy 2:14-26 2 Timothy 2:14-26: Paul is telling Timothy how to deal with the false teachers at Ephesus. So much depends on Timothy, and he is so young. Plus, Paul, his great mentor, is about to die. This whole letter bears the mark of the weight of a final commission from…

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