Friday, February 09, 2007

Titus 1:15-16

Scripture:
15To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

Insight:
Paul left Titus in Crete to finish properly setting up the church and correcting erroneous and heretical teaching. After outlining the requirements of a Christian leader, much like he did with Timothy in Ephesus, he sharply rebukes some of the church leaders for their false teaching and wrong living. What does he mean when he says “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure”? It appears that Paul is talking about heretics who taught that it is all about self discipline, absent the power of Christ, and all about a non-biblical definition of holiness and what is right: a holiness that can be obtained outwardly instead of originating from an inward transformation through Christ. Their minds and consciences are corrupted because they falsely proclaim a Christ-less truth. They also appear to fall short in many of the categories that Paul mentions in verses 6 – 14. Probably because they are not truly transformed by Christ from the inside. He continues to rebuke them because their actions do not match what they teach and they are not living a life that glorifies God - they are unfit for doing anything good.

We must be careful today to ensure that our teaching is not void of the power of God; that we uphold purity, holiness, and righteousness; and that we always humbly proclaim the truth that it is only in Christ that we are transformed and by his grace that our actions can truly display this reality. It is out of this grounding in Christ that we can then put on the armor of God and do some serious battle against our sin and ultimately bring glory to God.

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