Google+ 03/10/13 Foolish and Disobedient!

Titus 3:3-5

 

Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient.

We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures.

Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.

But, “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, He saved us,

Not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.

He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

 

Paul was many things, but like Jesus, he was a great teacher.  There was a circle of young men, who are referred to in the Bible as, "many witnesses," that Paul committed things told to him, so they could pass them on and "teach others also."  Titus, along with Timothy, traveled extensively with Paul.  The uniqueness of Titus was that he was purely of Gentile extraction.  The fact that Paul chose Titus as a Gentile, speaks volumes.  Remember that as Jesus ascended and left us, His instructions changed to all of us.  Jesus now instructed us to go into all the world and preach the gospel and teach all people to be disciples.  There have been many parallels drawn between the the epistles of 1st Timothy and Titus, both written by Paul.  There is one major difference, and it is a difference of emphasis.  In 1st Timothy, Paul speaks about the characteristics that should exist in the leaders of the church.  In Titus, Paul explains the organization of the church, itself.  Our Scripture today reminds Titus of the collective past of those that were not in Christ.  Paul explains that we all were misled and that we were all habitual sinners.  Paul speaks correctly about the evil within us all and the hate, jealousy, and envy we all exhibited for each other.  Then he teaches Titus the Godly truth.  Once we accept Christ,  God reveals His kindness and love to us.  Before our "renewal" in God the Father, through God the Son, we simply don't know how to act!!!  Finally, Paul explains to Titus that God reveals these truths to us, not because of what we have done or deserve,  but because of God's mercy.  We literally become new creatures in Christ.  This is important information for us to have as we walk among the Gentiles.  Stop expecting that people who don't know Jesus Christ, are going to act "holy."  They simply don't know how, and God has not yet revealed His  kindness and love to them.  Actually, more than half the Christians I know have ignored God's kindness and love and don't pass it on.  They are still "judging the Gentiles" before "removing the plank from their own eye."  Expect a "new creation in Christ Jesus" AFTER the Gentiles get to know God.  Invite them to worship.  Fellowship with them in the temple, so that you can share God's kindness and love.  Encourage them, but be careful of their ongoing behavior.  These same Gentiles can become great tools of the devil, since they are defenseless in the darkness without the light of Jesus.  Examine your own life and look for signs of God's kindness and love as you deal with others.  Always seek the truth. Remember without God's love, we too are foolish and disobedient!   

 

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