Oct 28, 2009

HOW TO BE A TITUS 2 WOMAN


TITUS 2:1-5

“These three Pastorals are really a trinity in unity, exhorting us to guard the precious deposit of the Gospel. In I Timothy we are to protect it. In II Timothy we are to proclaim it. In Titus we are to practice it”
– J . Sidlow Baxter

THE PASTOR
speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine, TITUS 2:1, NKJV
to orally communicate what is fitting and healthy
Correct doctrine must result in correct behavior - Hiebert

6 COMMANDS FOR OLDER MEN
Sober
Reverent
Temperate
Sound in faith
Sound in love
Sound in patience

5 COMMANDS FOR OLDER WOMEN
PLUS, all 6 of the commands for the older men!
OLDER = Those who no longer had child-rearing responsibilities, typically around age 60 (cf. 1 Tim. 5:3–10) – MacArthur

1. REVERENT IN BEHAVIOR
in behavior as becometh holiness (or, holy women) - KJV
show their reverence for God by their demeanor – ISV
live in a way that honors God - NLT
Lit. Like those engaged in sacred service, devout
carry themselves as befits a holy calling – Knox
A state of mind suited to a sacred character -Guthrie

Matthew Henry's Commentary
… keeping a pious decency and decorum in clothing and gesture, in looks and speech, and all their deportment, and this from an inward principle and habit of holiness, influencing and ordering the outward conduct at all times.

2. NOT SLANDERERS
not false accusers – KJV
not malicious gossips - NASB
not scandal-mongers - NEB
DIABOLOUS διάβολος
"Gossip is something you like about someone you don’t"

3. NOT GIVEN TO MUCH WINE
nor enslaved to much wine - NASB
not be addicted to alcohol – ISV
not be heavy drinkers - NLT
not slaves to strong drink - NEB
intoxicating drink = loose tongue

4. TEACHERS OF GOOD THINGS
be examples of goodness – ISV
Lit. good teachers of what is right, noble
They give good counsel - AMP
The method of teaching is by their lives and behavior – A.T. Hanson
Cf. I Tim. 2:12, 1 Co. 14:34

5. ADMONISH THE YOUNG WOMEN
Teach – KJV
encourage - NRSV
train - ESV
To make sober and temperate - AMP
To make sound in mind, to make sane, to restore to one’s senses, to discipline – Robertson
Lit. fresh, new
Esp. the newly married

7 COMMANDS FOR YOUNGER WOMEN
They are to learn these primarily by learning from the OLDER WOMEN
Public example (actions) as well as more personal, private interactions (words)

1. LOVE THEIR HUSBANDS
Devoted to, to be fond of their husbands – Wuest’s Expanded Translation
Cf. Eph. 5:22–33
Gr. philandros
Philos - to be friendly to one
Aner - of a husband
Lit. having affection/love for one’s husband

2. LOVE THEIR CHILDREN
Devoted to; to be fond of their children - Wuest’s Expanded Translation
Greek, Philŏtĕknŏs - maternal

3. BE DISCREET
sober-minded – ASV
sensible – NASB
self-controlled – ESV
to live wisely – NLT
mistress of themselves – Moffatt
Cf. Prov. 2:11

4. CHASTE
Pure – ESV
innocent
In mind, heart and in actions!
Gr. hagnos
1 exciting reverence, venerable, sacred. 2 pure from carnality, chaste, modest. immaculate. clean. Clear.
Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon

5. HOMEMAKERS
home-workers - NASB
home-keepers – KJV
good managers of the household – NRSV
fulfilling their duties at home - NET
domestic – Moffatt
Cf. Proverbs 31:16, 24

6. GOOD
kind – ESV
Kind-hearted – AMP
Benevolent, heartily doing what is good and beneficial to others – Hiebert
Sympathetic, understanding – Gould

7. OBEDIENT TO THEIR OWN HUSBANDS
Subject - NASB
Submissive – ESV
in subjection to their own husbands with implicit obedience – Wuest’s Expanded Translation
Gr. in the middle voice, stresses voluntary acceptance of headship
Duty to complement, support - Hiebert
An attitude of deference – Gould

12 COMMANDS TOTAL

5 COMMANDS
reverent in behavior
not slanderers
not given to much wine
teachers of good things
admonish the young women

7 COMMANDS
love their husbands
to love their children
to be discreet
chaste
homemakers
good
obedient to their own husbands

WHY?
“that the word of God may not be blasphemed”
(or “discredited”)
TITUS 3:5-7
5not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

GOOD WORKS
Pattern of good works, 2:7
Zealous of good works, 2:14
Ready unto every good work, 3:1
Careful to maintain good works, 3:8
Maintain good works for urgent needs, 3:14

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