Titus 2:1-10, “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”
Titus 2:9-10, “Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”
Day 5 of 5. Last part of the study. Today’s message speaks to bondservants and masters. This could apply to employees and bosses in today’s speech. We will get started right away on this message.
Exhort bondservants: δοῦλος doûlos, doo’-los; a slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency):—bond(-man), servant. This refers to a strong encouragement for a servant to listen and do what comes next in the passage.
Obedient to a master. Obedient: ὑποτάσσω hypotássō, hoop-ot-as’-so; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey:—be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto. Not just for servants, but all should be obedient. Men and women should be obedient to God. Submittance is not a sign of weakness, but strength. It is wisdom to know that you serve a God that is bigger than you, stronger than you, and braver than you. It is wisdom to follow God.
Our master. Masters come in many shapes and sizes. Our boss at work is a type of master. They expect a job well done for the pay that is received. Our master in Heaven, God, expects us to serve Him for the pay of eternal life through His Son. Obedience means submitting and submitting to a boss of God are similar. Unlike your boss at work though, God deserves all the praise, honor, glory and credit.
Well pleasing in all things: εὐάρεστος euárestos, yoo-ar’-es-tos; fully agreeable:—acceptable(-ted), wellpleasing. For our bosses on Earth as well as our Master in Heaven, we are to be pleasing to them. In order to stay employed, a good job must be done. In order to be in right standing with God, we also need to well pleasing to Him. He wants followers, not drifters. He wants obedience, not defiance.
Not answering back. ἀντιλέγω antilégō, an-til’-eg-o; to dispute, refuse:—answer again, contradict, deny, gainsay(-er), speak against. No one likes someone who talks back. God does not like it either. Arguments for argument sake gains nothing. It is not beneficial to argue, contradict, or deny. In all things, seek truth. If someone is wrong, find a way to tell them. Be careful how that happens though. A correction can come off wrong and cause sin to occur.
Not pilfering: νοσφίζομαι nosphízomai, nos-fid’-zom-ahee; middle voice from νοσφί nosphí (apart or clandestinely); to sequestrate for oneself, i.e. embezzle:—keep back, purloin. Pilfering and purloining are $5 words for stealing. Stealing is wrong no matter who does it. Stealing comes in many forms, taking money, stealing time that should be used for work. We should not steal from our employer and definitely not from God.
Good fidelity: πίστις pístis, pis’-tis; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:—assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. This should be shown by all as well, not just bondservants.
Adorn the Word of God in all things. To adorn is to wear and to wear the Word of God is to remember what God says in the Bible. Wear it on yourself like a shirt. Show that God is in you. Make it evident that you are a follower of God.
In this study, it does not matter whether you are a young man, young woman, older man, older woman, bondservant, or master, each has a role to serve. Each has its set of taskings. At the end of the day, it matters most to be an example of God. Patterned after God. As the Church, we are to mimic God. Shine a light to the Light. That is the purpose of the Church. Not to scare people away or judge, but to bring everyone in to God and His warmth and knowledge. That is what the Church ought to be.
You are our example. We must learn to be like You in all that we do. Help us to resist evil. Help us come closer to You. You are all that we need. Our problems can be Your problems if we give them to You. Please forgive us of our sins and turn to You. We love You so much.
In Your name we pray,